Lutherans believe that the Body and Blood of Christ are “truly and substantially present in, with and under the forms” of consecrated bread and wine (the elements), so that communicants eat and drink both the elements and the true Body and Blood of Christ himself in the Sacrament of the Holy Communion whether they are believers or unbelievers. The Lutheran doctrine of the Real Presence is also known as the sacramental union. This theology was first formally and publicly confessed in the Wittenberg Concord (1536).
OLLC, as a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), practice open communion—meaning that Holy Communion is offered to all baptized Christians.
A growing number of congregations in the ELCA, including OLLC, offer instruction to baptized children between the ages of 6-8 and, after a relatively short period of catechetical instruction, the children are admitted to partake of Holy Communion.