World Communion Sunday

By Kristen Johnson

Today, we celebrate World Communion Sunday, a day where Christians throughout the world celebrate at the Lord’s Table together.

World Communion Sunday offers congregations a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, they remember that they are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion Sunday can be both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith. (

When we think of the word “communion” we often think of “Holy Communion” as we celebrate it today in Church, by receiving the elements of the Eucharist with our Church families. But, it can also be an opportunity to think about how we can be in “communion” with the world – believers and non-believers alike. lists several definitions of the word communion, in addition to the top listing (Holy Communion.) Definitions include: a group of people with a common faith, association/fellowship, the act of sharing, and holding something in common.

How can we be in fellowship with the world? How can we share with the world, or look at our commonalities instead of what separates us?

We can listen to people. We can serve the poor, the needy, and anyone looking for a friend or solace. We can contribute to causes that serve the world, or better yet, we can go to places we don’t understand and commit to service. Most of us don’t even have to leave our own cities and towns because most communities have immigrants we can seek to love, serve, and understand.

Look for the good in people instead of always assuming the worst. Live to serve, instead of living for possessions. Above all, live to love others.

Luke 22:19-20 (NRVS): 19 Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

Serve all with love.

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