10.06.13 Worship Confessional

worldcommunionsundayThis morning we joined with sisters and brothers around the globe to celebrate World Communion Sunday. Here is some background information on this special Sunday from 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.

World Communion Sunday (originally called World Wide Communion Sunday) originated in the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 1936, for the first time, the first Sunday in October was celebrated in Presbyterian churches in the United States and overseas.  From the beginning, it was planned so that other denominations could make use of it and, after a few years, the idea spread beyond the Presbyterian Church.”

This is one of my favorite communion liturgies of the year. It reminds me that through Christ’s life, death and resurrection we are not only reconciled to God, but also reconciled with sisters and brothers all around the globe, through all time and space. There is one, holy, catholic Church and today at 10 AM our faith community took its place at the Table, remembering the people of God around the world, anticipating the day when we will all feast together at God’s great banquet table.

I’m curious: does your faith community celebrate World Communion Sunday? If so, what significance does it have for you? If your congregation does not, why not?

Here is our complete worship worship flow:

  • Today: As For Me and My House (Brian Doerkson)
  • Salvation Is Here (Hillsongs)
  • Your Grace Finds Me (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (RSVP: Today)
  • The Celebration of Communion
  • Build Your Kingdom Here (Rend Collective Experiment)
  • The Lord’s Prayer

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

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