World Communion

by Robert H. Spain

Throughout the Christian world, the first Sunday of October is the time when followers of Christ in every culture of the world will break bread and drink from the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church.

 

Like a “crowd wave” at an athletic stadium, the feasting at the Lord’s table will begin with the Fijian islands and will follow the leadership of the Sun until the entire world will have gathered for the holy meal.

 

The Holy Communion, the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, the Holy Eucharist, however our faith community names it, is a powerful and deeply moving experience. It commemorates the night in the Upper Room when Jesus shared his last meal with the disciples. It is a stark reminder to us that on that night the Jesus ministry, the spiritual baton, was passed on to us. But on this one time a year communion gathering, there is even more. We have the distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith.

 

World Communion is a time when we remember that great numbers all over the world share in the love of Christ. We differ from other world cultures in many ways, but in Christ we have a common thread.  In many countries, Christianity is not the majority religion, but there are Christians living out their faith just as we are trying to do. World communion provides a glimpse of a world bowing together toward a resurrected Christ and the savior of the world. 

 

 

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