That I May Gain Christ

Pressing On

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A

This is World Communion Sunday, a service that could certainly stand on its own. It carries enough weight and meaning to not need the support of a larger theme. Many worshiping communities have traditions and practices that accompany World Communion Sunday, and those should remain in place. Let this service be significant in the minds and hearts of the congregation.

How do we continue to “Press On” when all we want to do is press off and reboot? As Christians in the year 2020, we have been inundated with challenges, and we are facing new realities and seeking new ways to acknowledge and love our neighbors. Pressing on takes courage and determination, but the good news is that we do not do this alone. We must remember that we have God to lean on and lead us onward. Furthermore, we have scriptures that remind us of our identity, of who claims us and loves us. This worship series for the month of October begins with World Communion Sunday when, we remember in Christ throughout the world in the sacrament of Holy Communion. The following Sundays continue to strengthen the themes of connection and the journey to perfection as followers of Christ. We want to be more like Christ, and that takes perseverance, courage, and commitment to pressing on!

October 4, 2020, World Communion Sunday, is a wonderful day to celebrate the worldwide church through readings in various languages and singing hymns and songs from other cultures. “Pues si Vivimos,” 356 in The United Methodist Hymnal (see History of Hymns article) and “Song of Hope,” The Faith We Sing, 2186 (see History of Hymns article), are two great examples. Have a soloist sing the verses in Spanish and invite others to sing in English or whatever language they choose. “One Bread, One Body,” 620, The United Methodist Hymnal, is another excellent choice for this Sunday. Click the links below for more choices for hymns from other cultures:

For the following Sundays in October, you have the hymn suggestions listed by scripture, but you might consider one or more the following hymns found in The United Methodist Hymnal and The Faith We Sing as thematic hymns that tie the Sundays together musically. These hymns speak of relationship with Christ, becoming more like Christ, and serving others.

  • “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” 526, United Methodist Hymnal
  • “Lord of All Hopefulness,” 2197, The Faith We Sing
  • “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” 400, United Methodist Hymnal
  • “Near to the Heart of God,” 472, United Methodist Hymnal
  • “The God of Abraham Praise,” 116, United Methodist Hymnal
  • “How Firm a Foundation,” 529, United Methodist Hymnal
  • “Jesu, Jesu,” 432, United Methodist Hymnal
  • “The Gift of Love,” 408, United Methodist Hymnal
  • “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian,” 402, United Methodist Hymnal

Keep pressing on. You are doing great, and you are loved and appreciated!

In This Series...

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Reformation Sunday, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes