Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

Is it true that the ELCA no longer requires Confession and Forgiveness before accepting communion?

The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) does not police its members.  We believe Christ is truly present in body and blood, and at the same time, he is host at the table. 

There are as many different understandings of the Sacrament of the Altar as there are people.  These five are the ones with which I'm most familiar: Sacrifice, Eucharist, (Holy) Communion, a Remembering, and Holy Feast.  My personal feeling is that these meanings are seasonal.  On Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, the seasons of Advent and Lent, Confession and Forgiveness would be used as a reminder of Jesus' sacrifice for our sins.  During the Easter season when we're celebrating with Thanksgiving (Eucharisto in Greek), perhaps Remembering our Baptism (page 97 in the front part of the hymnal) would be more appropriate.  During the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost one would commune with God and/or the saints that have gone before us (Holy Communion).

As one can begin to see, it would be impossible today to have a uniform pattern of worship across the whole church.  The answer to your question? Yes.  The above is the "why.”