What Is World Communion Sunday?

World Communion Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday in October every year in many Protestant churches. It originated in the Presbyterian Church USA in 1936. The day has taken on new relevancy and depth of meaning in a world where globalization often has undermined peace and justice – and in a time when fear divides the peoples of God’s earth.  On this day we celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve – a world ever more in need of peacemaking.

A Prayer for World Communion Sunday by Safiyah Fosua

Jesus prayed that we might be one.
One in spirit
One in mission
In union and communion with each other and with You.

Today, God, we confess fumblings and failures in accomplishing unity, as we set aside yet another day to remind ourselves of the task.
On this World Communion Sunday, give us eyes to recognize your reflection in the eyes of Christians everywhere.
Give us a mind to accept and celebrate our differences.
Give us a heart big enough to love your children everywhere.
We thank you for setting a table with space enough for us all! Amen.

From the Africana Worship Book, Year B, (Discipleship Resources, 2007) 

 

 

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