On this day, we celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, whom we are called to serve in the midst of a fearful and divided world with compassion for all.
Originally called World Wide Communion Sunday, this emphasis originated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1936, and later spread to many other denominations. World Communion Sunday takes on new relevance as the world, once seeming so large, is now at our front door. Our service includes many reminders of our global community. The long table set before us includes a variety of
international fabrics, chalices from different lands and breads from around the world. Our hope is that we would imagine this table as Christ’s arms, and in our mind’s eye, extend those arms beyond our walls to encircle our globe. As well, each will be invited to take a place card and write on that card either someone who at one time came to the Supper, but due to illness or death cannot be with us this morning, or, the name of someone you hope will one day come to the Lord’s table, reminding us of the Communion of Saints, past and future. Bring your card forward and place it on the table as you wait to receive the bread and the cup.
As we receive Communion today, may we ask God to use each of us as compassionate peacemakers and doers of justice both here at home and around the globe.
Date(s) - Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Westwood Presbyterian Church