World Communion Sunday
October 6, 2013
One God, one loaf, one cup, one church
Since my childhood, this Sunday has been a Holy Day. There is Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and on the first Sunday in October, World Communion Sunday. It is not like other communion Sundays. Today, we don’t eat the bread and drink the juice alone. We are sharing the bread and the cup with Christians in every tradition, every land, and every worship setting. Our family is gathered. Some family may be absent from their home sanctuary, but on World Communion Sunday, we are together as if we are sitting beside one another in the same pew.
The Great Thanksgiving words are clear: One God.
As the loaf is being broken, the words are clear: One Loaf.
As the cup is being blessed, the words are clear: One Cup.
In the presence of the Spirit, the hope is clear: One Church.
Today, Christians are gathered in grass huts, or are speaking the Lord’s Prayer together in German, or are gathered in a mid-sized church in Canada, or listening to a pastor in the Philippines, or pausing under the sun with neighbors in Honduras, or seated in a multicultural congregation in Hawaii, or are gathered in a century-old country church, or are in a house church in someone’s living room, or are in a tent in a war zone, or are in the chapel of a hospital, and all are hearing these words:
One God. One Loaf. One Cup. One Church.
On World Communion Sunday the table is full but always has room for more. We are fed by God, who blesses us with the life of Christ, who invites us to his table.
By your divine presence,
By the holy sacraments,
By all the merits of your life, sufferings, death, and resurrection,
Bless and comfort us, gracious Lord and God. Amen.
Jane Follmer Zekoff, pastor, London Moravian Church, Cambridge, Wis.