Everyone is invited to a big feast this Sunday, Oct. 4, as the whole church — all around the world — celebrates that it’s one meal and one Table that God gathers us around.
World Communion Sunday was founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1936, another time when the world looked grim — with too many storm clouds on the horizon. It was meant to bring unity and foster hope. Now seems like a year we need those things desperately again, need this worldwide celebration.
Taking advantage of our online worship, we will actually be the church around the world celebrating communion together. Michael has invited 8 guests, Christian leaders from around the world who will join us and help him lead worship. They will bring reports from “their corner of the vineyard” as well as participate in the liturgy. Our guests will include:
~ The Rev. Peter Ciaccio, Chiesa Valdese Trieste, Italy
~ Ms. Sujaya Vijaykumar, the Church of South India
~ Ms. Raquel Huertas, Iglesia Presbieriana Lugar para Todos, Barrio el Carmen, Tres Rios, Costa Rica
~ The Rev. Harmut Bruenger, Markusgemeinde, Bielefeld, Germany
~ The Rev. Yeosub Lim, Assistant Pastor, YoungGang Presbyterian Church, Wonju, South Korea
~ Ms. Angela Martins, the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands; Moderator of CANAAC of the World Communion of Reformed Churches
~ Mr. Ran Albia, Ellinwood, Malate Church, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines
~ The Rev. Thulani Ndlazi, the South African Synod Secretary, the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa
If Michael can invite 8 people from around the world, he has challenged you to bring a guest or two as well. We found out at the beginning of September how easy it is to invite people to church online.
If you know someone internationally, great. But your neighbor. Or your cousin in Cleveland. Or a friend going through a divorce. Anyone who might need the uplift of coming together and being fed by God is a good invite.
Also, because it’s World Communion Sunday, Michael suggested you choose a special bread. A bread from “someplace else.” Where your family comes from. Someplace you visited, or want to visit. Someplace of particular concern. Or that you have been praying for.
See you Sunday.