Lutherans believe that a sacrament is an act that is commanded by Christ, is available to all, uses a material or earthly element, and through connection with the Word is the bearer of God’s promise. Using those criteria, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion qualify as sacraments, and nothing else.
At the table of our Lord Jesus Christ, God nourishes faith, forgives sin, and calls us to be witnesses to the Gospel. Here we receive Christ’s body and blood and God’s gifts of forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation to be received by faith for the strengthening of faith. As Lutherans, we confess the Real Presence of Christ in the sacrament of Holy Communion.
At Trinity Lutheran we practice Eucharistic hospitality, which means that we invite all baptized Christians to the Lord's table. Communion is celebrated each week in our regular Sunday worship services and on holidays.
Communion can sometimes seem complicated when you worship at a new place! Here at Trinity, the ushers will direct you to come forward to approach the altar rail. Depending on your ability and comfort, feel free to either kneel or stand to receive the bread and wine. Those not prepared for communion may come for a blessing. Pastor will place a piece of bread in your outstretched hands saying, "This is the body of Christ given for you." Communion assistants will then follow with three choices for your receipt of the wine, saying, "This is the blood of Christ, shed for you." You may drink the wine from the shared, or common cup, or you may take an empty glass from the tray and wine will poured into it from a chalice. Grape juice (pre-poured and in the center of the tray) also is available. Pastor will dismiss those at the altar rail after saying a blessing.
By water and the Word in Baptism, we are liberated from sin and death by being joined to the death and resurrection of Jesus. In Baptism God seals us by the Holy Spirit and marks us with the cross of Christ forever. Baptism inaugurates a life of discipleship in the death and resurrection of Christ. Baptism conforms us to the death and resurrection of Christ precisely so that we repent and receive forgiveness, love our neighbors, suffer for the sake of the Gospel, and witness to Christ.
Baptism is for the sake of life in Christ and in the body of Christ, the Church. It also may be given to those who are close to death, and is a strong word of promise in spite of death. Individuals are baptized, yet this Baptism forms a community. It is for children. It is for adults. It is done once, yet it is for all of our life.
(elca.org-the use and the means of grace)