Beliefs

BAPTISM

At Living Word Lutheran Church we  believe that in Holy Baptism God gives us new birth, adopts us as His children and makes us members of the body of Christ, the Church.  We believe that God, whose grace is for all, is the one who acts in baptism.   Therefore, candidates for baptism are of all ages.  Some are adults and older children who have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, declared their faith and desire to be baptized.  Others are young children or infants presented for baptism by adult sponsors, normally the parents of the child.

Persons desiring more information on Holy Baptism at Living Word are invited to contact the pastor at the church office at 330-723-6046.

HOLY COMMUNION

At Living Word Lutheran Church we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion regularly, in obedience to our Lord’s command (Matthew26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-26).  We believe that as we eat the bread and drink the wine of Holy Communion we receive not only the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but also His forgiveness.  We welcome to Holy Communion all baptized Christians who trust Jesus Christ as Savior and who believe that in the sacrament one receives the body and blood of Christ, and with His body and blood the promise of forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.   During the distribution of Holy Communion non-communing worshippers are invited to come forward to receive a blessing.

Three chalices are used in connection with the distribution of Holy Communion.   The first chalice holds wine for those communicants who wish to drink the wine.   The second chalice holds wine for intinction, for those who would prefer to dip (intinct) the bread into the wine rather than drink the wine from the chalice.  The third choice contains grape juice, also for intinction.

Holy Communion is celebrated at Living Word every Sunday and on certain other occasions during the church year including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday.