Observed on the first Sunday in October, this day calls the Church to be the universal, inclusive Church. The day was first observed by Presbyterians in 1936, adopted by the Federal Council of Churches in 1940, and shortly thereafter observed in Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren churches.


Suggested Hymns and Prayers from UMH



Holy Communion

191 Jesus Loves Me


For the Healing of the Nations

556 Litany for Christian Unity


For the Unity of Christ's Body

547 O Church of God, United


In Christ There Is No East or West

702 Sing with All the Saints in Glory










Almighty God: from the ends of the earth
   you have gathered us around Christ's holy table.
We come to feast together.

Have mercy on your church, troubled and divided.
Renew us and make us one. Amen.                                        
         (ANDY LANGFORD, U.S.A., 20TH CENT.)



See the prayers for the Church in United Methodist Book of Worship 495, 501–06.


See also The Great Thanksgiving for World Communion Sunday, United Methodist Book of Worship,  pp. 72-73. Spanish, Korean, French and Portuguese Great Thanksgivings are also available on the Discipleship Ministries website


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Copyright: Prayer, Copyright © 1992 UMPH. Additional resources citation added by Discipleship Ministries, 2013.

Categories: Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church