Sunday, October 1, is World Communion Sunday. During worship, we will celebrate our connection with Christians around the world as we come to the Lord's Table.
World Communion Sunday was born November 1, 1936. In the winter of 1935, some ministers met to study the spiritual needs and possibilities of the church in the midst of the Great Depression. In the Lord's Supper, they saw a prime opportunity to unite Christians in re-dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 1937, General Assembly changed the date of World Communion to the first Sunday of October.
In this holy meal, we who are many are made one, united with Christ and with the faithful in every time and place. The unity given in this Sacrament is a sign of the unity God wills for all creation. Thus, made one at the table of our Lord, we offer ourselves anew in obedient service to God's reign as we await the fulfillment of the kingdom Christ proclaimed: "People will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God."
Also on October 1, we will have opportunity to witness to the good news of God's peace by receiving the Peace and Global Witness Offering. Each of us has experienced the pain that results from the brokenness existing in our lives, our community, and the world. This annual offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA) reminds us that in the midst of brokenness we are called to be part of God's healing presence to a world full of hurts and divisions.
I invite all of you to come together on October 1 celebrating the Lord's Supper, renewing our commitment to God, and responding to Christ's call to foster peace.
Neeta R. Nichols