Monthly Reflections – World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday

 

Sunday, October 2, is World Communion Sunday.  It is a great Sunday where Christians around the world come together to celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.  It is like the entire Christian family coming to the family table to share a meal together.  God’s table.

 

Each week we join together for worship and we affirm our faith with The Apostle’s Creed.  We testify that we believe in, “the holy catholic church.”   The word catholic, with the lowercase c, means universal.  We recognize that the church is the body of Christ.  We are a part of the body of Christ.  We are a part of the larger universal Christian church, the holy catholic church.  We are brothers and sisters with our Christian family around the world.

 

We are in ministry together with the larger church.  We are one with churches throughout our community, our country, and our world.  We give thanks to God for sister churches in Kenya, Bulgaria, Romania, Costa Rica, and many others.

 

Holy Communion – sacred oneness.  Jesus prayed that the church would be one.

 

20  “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21  that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22  The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23  I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  John 17:20-23 (NRSV)

 

We are one so that the world may know Jesus Christ.

 

The Apostle’s Creed concludes with affirming the “communion of saints.”  Saints are those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, members of the body of Christ, the church.  Holy Communion is a sacred oneness with God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

We are the church.  We are members of the larger church.  We are in ministry together.  We come to God’s table together on World Communion Sunday.  It is a glimpse of the people of God feasting together at God’s heavenly banquet.

 

In ministry together,

Rev. Dr. Terry Moore

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