2015 World Communion Sunday:
It is To Such as These
October 4, 2015
Even though the communion table is the one table to which
all Christians are called, our understandings and practice
at the table often serve to divide us. On this day, World
Communion Sunday, we seek to overcome these barriers
and commune with each other across them. As we eat of one
consecrated loaf, we signal our unity with Christ and his
broken body, the church, even as we celebrate and seek the
oneness of the whole communion of saints on earth and in
heaven. It is indeed, for such as these; broken, opinionated,
sinful, but forgiven people, that Jesus prays for unity “that
they may be 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: 23b). It is to this unity that we give
witness on World Communion Sunday.
This year’s texts remind us of our common ancestors in faith who were created in the image of God (Genesis 2), crowned with honour and glory (Psalm 8:5), called as brothers and sisters by Jesus (Hebrews 2:11), and exhorted to receive the kingdom of God as little children (Mark 10:15). These are strong texts for helping us overcome barriers and to recognize the unity with which the Holy Spirit has gifted us.
As you plan this service, consider inviting a neighbouring congregation, preferably from another denomination, to join you in planning and celebrating it. If doctrinal matters make this challenging, then celebrate separate communion liturgies but follow with a shared Love Feast, or a Potluck that acknowledges Jesus as the table host and your unity as different subsets of God’s family. For a love feast litany that Mennonites and Catholics celebrate annually, and in which they share Jesus’ table hospitality within existing restrictions, click here.
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