“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: you that come to me shall never hunger; and you that believe in me shall never thirst.” + John 6.35
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday.
In 1936, Presbyterians started a ritual of taking communion in every Presbyterian Church across the world on the first Sunday of October. Soon, other Christian denominations began to participate in this tradition. Now, different churches and traditions across the world celebrate World Communion Sunday.
As Disciples of Christ, my church participates in Communion every single week. We come to the table with our hearts open to God and our spirits filled up with the love of Christ every time we worship.
This weekend, my prayer for our church– and every church– is that we come to the table with a spirit of unity as ONE Body of Christ.
May we come together in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the globe.
May we remember that somewhere in the world, someone is taking communion this weekend, and it will be the only meal they eat for days.
May we remember that somewhere in the world, someone is taking communion this weekend, and it will be there last Eucharist.
May we remember that somewhere in the world, someone is taking communion this weekend for the very first time in their life.
May we remember that somewhere in the world, the words of institution are being spoken in French, in Spanish, in German, in Arabic, in Swahili…
Let us remember that we come to the table to remember God’s grace, God’s open invitation, God’s unity, God’s mercy, and God’s love. Let us take this grace, this invitation, this unity and this love to the whole world. Amen.