All Around the Table...
World Communion Sunday: a celebration observed by many denominations on the first Sunday of every October. It is a day to promote Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation; at it's founding in 1933 it was an attempt to bring churches together in a service of unity in which everyone might receive inspiration and information about faith communities around the world, to highlight the unity of faith, and to show how each congregation in interconnected one with another.
Proposed as an idea during the Great Depression, the concept spread slowly at first. It was not a box office hit, but during the Second World War the spirit of ecumenism and world wide connection caught hold. World Wide Communion symbolized the effort to hold things together, spiritually speaking, and emphasized that we are all one in the Spirit. It was in 1940 when the Department of Evangelism of the Federal Council of Churches adopted and promoted extending the celebration to churches around the world that the practice began to spread. The Department of Evangelism of the Federal Council of Churches is now the National Council of Churches, a much easier mouthful to say.
This Sunday, we will gather to worship and to celebrate communion. We celebrate this unity of faith with other denominations, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, English, Spanish, Korean, African, and all other nations and languages. While every time we celebrate this meal we understand that we are a drop of faith in the ocean of witness, on this particular Sunday, we hold in our hearts the beautiful rainbow of diversity that joins us at this table. Our feast is but a microcosm of the great feast of God where all are welcome at the table.