10.2.11 Worship Confessional

Today we joined with faith communities around the globe to celebrate World Communion Sunday. According to the National Council of Churches:

“World Communion Sunday – celebrated the first Sunday in October – is one of the most venerable of “special Sundays.” The day has taken on new relevancy and depth of meaning in a world where globalization often has undermined peace and justice – and in a time when fear divides the peoples of God’s earth.  On this day we celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve – a world ever more in need of peacemaking.”

This is one of my favorite Sundays of the year as we take our place at the Table of the Lord mindful that we gather with our sisters and brothers in Christ around the globe. Some may gather in magnificent cathedrals, others in open air worship spaces built with mud and sticks but we all come as sinful, yet redeemed people, hungry and thirsty for the life that Christ offers us at His Table.

Question: does your faith community participate in ecumenical celebrations such as World Communion Sunday? Why or why not?

This morning we introduced a new song, “The Spirit and the Bride” written by Matt Maher, Robbie Seay and Leeland Mooring. The song takes its cue from Revelation 22:17: “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let those who hear say, “Come!” Let those who are thirsty come; and let all who wish take the free gift of the water of life.” The song is a beautiful invitation for the people of God to bring their brokenness, pain and need to the One who provides the grace and peace of Christ.

For all the thirsty in need of the river
For all the sleeping hearts wakened from their slumber
For everyone still standing at the shoreline come
For all the hurting souls running from their healer
For all the skeptics running from an answer
Let everyone who hears these words say come

For all the Pharisees empty on the inside
For all the lovers who spent their love on a lie
For the forgotten the Father’s heart says come
For all the fatherless looking for approval
For all the daughters who never heard they’re beautiful
Let everyone who hears these words say come

For the Spirit and the Bride say come…

You can learn the story behind the song (and listen to it as well) from Matt Maher.

The rest of our music set included:

  • The Earth Is Yours (Gungor)
  • Rock of Ages
  • As It Is in Heaven (Matt Maher)
  • The Spirit and the Bride (Matt Maher, Leeland and Robbie Seay)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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