Christians of all denominations are invited by the Rhineland Church to join in Holy Communion.
Christians of all denominations are offered an invitation
the Communion Service the Evangelical Church celebrates fellowship in Jesus
Christ. Yet this fellowship goes out far
beyond the bounds of our own Church. And so Christians of all denominations are invited
by the Rhineland Church to join in Holy Communion. There are a number of formal agreements
between Churches concerning the invitation to individuals to Communion.
The most significant agreement is the “Leuenberg Concord” of 1973, in which
almost all the Protestant Churches in Europe, together with some in Latin
America have come together to form a so-called fellowship of church and table, known
as the “Community of Protestant Churches in Europe” (CPCE). There are also formal
agreements with the United Church of Christ in the USA, the Evangelical
Methodist Church in Germany (part of the world-wide United Methodist Church)
and the Catholic Diocese of the Old Catholics.
There is no table
fellowship with the Orthodox Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman
Catholic Church refuses to allow table fellowship or Eucharistic hospitality
(invitation to communion) - mainly because of a different understanding of the
office of ministry.
Exceptions are only
allowed in particular circumstances. Because of the large number of
inter-denominational married couples and families, the Evangelical Church is
making efforts to achieve progress in the question of table fellowship.
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