We join Christians around the world on Sunday, October 7, in celebrating World Communion in our morning worship services. We will hear the words of the psalmist in different languages and sing hymns that awaken our awareness of the global need for our unity in Jesus Christ and each other. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Bill Leonard as our guest proclaimer in the 9:30 and 11:00 services. Dr. Leonard is the Professor of Divinity Emeritus at Wake Forest Divinity where he recently retired from a long career as its founding dean and professor of church history.
The idea of a day to celebrate Communion with Christians around the globe began in 1933 at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At that time “the prevailing mood of the world was anxiety—fear about economics, fear about politics and fear about the future…when we all share the Meal where Christ is our Host, we are connected in ways that go beyond our personal preferences, or theological scuffles, as well as transcending boundaries of geography and language.” Unfortunately, these same fears and anxieties exist still today so may we put on the reality of our Oneness in Christ as we gather to break bread with the world.
O praise the gracious power that tumbles walls of fear and gathers in one house of faith all strangers far and near.
O praise persistent truth that opens fisted minds and eases from their anxious clutch the prejudice that binds.~ Thomas Troeger