World communion



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Description: 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

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.

The following are bite-sized morsels to stimulate creative thinking. Each one offers a starting point from which to create a meaningful worship experience for World Communion Sunday. The Neighbors in Need offering designated for this Sunday fits with World Communion by focusing on basic needs for food and shelter in this country and abroad. Take time for adequate planning. Assemble a worship-planning team to discuss these ideas, develop your own, and then fashion a service that will speak to your particular liturgical environment. Use these ideas to build on services of Word and Sacrament found in The New Century Hymnal (pages 1–20) or in Book of Worship: United Church of Christ (pages 31–89). Be creative and let your worship resound with praise and thanksgiving.

As part of the communion liturgy, use multiple loaves baked by members of the congregation using international recipes. Four loaves could represent the four corners of the world; five: the inhabited continents; six: all the continents; seven: the days of creation; ten: the Hebrew Ten Commandments; twelve: the disciples. "Breads around the World," a resource focusing on bread-baking recipes and worship services for breaking bread from six regions of the world, is available here.

Have children bake the bread for your communion service as part of their church school class. If they bake ethnic breads, the children, wearing costumes from the appropriate countries, may process into the sanctuary with the bread. During a children's message, focus on the different types of bread as a metaphor for the diversity of the human family.

Mix, knead, and prepare a bread recipe as part of the sermon, using each ingredient to symbolize membership in the body of Christ and what it means for all of us to be ingredients in a global village-loaf. Later, bake the loaf and serve it during a time of fellowship. Click here to order Taste the Bread: 30 Children's Sermons on Communion.

As part of the communion liturgy, use multiple loaves baked by members of the congregation using international recipes. Four loaves could represent the four corners of the world; five: the inhabited continents; six: all the continents; seven: the days of creation; ten: the Hebrew Ten Commandments; twelve: the disciples. "Breads around the World," a resource focusing on bread-baking recipes and worship services for breaking bread from six regions of the world, is available for download, or by calling 866-822-8224 ext. 3208.






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