World Communion Sunday

Imagine, as you take communion Sunday, being in community with the world. A world that is very different from us, yet united by the bread and juice we will share. It is in that community we will be united to remember Jesus, who is our guiding principle of love, acceptance, grace and forgiveness.
This Sunday, October 2nd, we will celebrate World Communion. World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, promoting Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. The tradition originated in the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1933, was adopted throughout the US Presbyterian Church in 1936, and subsequently spread to other denominations. In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches), led by Jesse Moren Bader, endorsed World Communion Sunday and began to promote it to Christian churches worldwide.
We will take the opportunity to celebrate this tradition in several ways. First, we will begin communion by welcoming the students of the First Communion class and their families to the table for perhaps their first time to be part of Holy Communion. We will also be using the bread they will have made during the last class. 
During the offering, we will view a montage of photos prepared by Cheryl Bentley, former Outreach board member, highlighting the many ways we extend our ministry outside the walls of the church. Following worship, members of the Board of Outreach will be stationed in the back of the Sanctuary to answer any questions you may have about the outreach done by First Congregational. If you want more information about, or would like to be more involved with the outreach of the church, the Outreach board members will be able to explain or help direct you to ways you can participate. 

~ Eldonna Hazen

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 10:56 am in Featured Content.

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