What is the practice in Lutheran churches, when coming to partake of the Lord´s Supper?

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Since ancient times Lutheran churches have required that those who intend to partake of the Lord’s Supper, make their intention known to the pastor. At the same time they have the opportunity for private confession and for conversing with the pastor concerning spiritual matters. This is a good practice to retain, where possible, even though in small congregations a pastor knows his flock well. A pastor always has the right, when he so desires, as the shepherd of souls, to talk to communicants before they commune.

1 Cor. 4:1: Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Heb. 13:17: Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves, for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief, for that is unprofitable for you.