World Communion Sunday
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.WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY »
This text is used by the pastor while the congregation uses A Service of Word and Table II (UMH 13–15) or III (UMH 15–16) or one of the musical settings (UMH17–25).THE GREAT THANKSGIVING FOR WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY »
Tom Council, music director at St. Stephen UMC in Mesquite, Texas, near Dallas, has composed this SATB choral anthem for World Communion Sunday or other service of Holy Communion.Come and Share Our Bread: Praise Anthem for World Communion Sunday »
You created for yourself a world filled with diversity
and blessed by your breath of life.
Rainbow colors bloom in spring,
summer breezes bring garden delight,
and now as Autumn comes our way
we see the work of your paintbrush upon every face and tree.
Today, O God, we especially lift up to you our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone—for all those who live with the threat of the Ebola virus.A Litany in Response to UMCOR’s Call to Pray for Those Affected by the Ebola Epidemic »
A listing of downloadable hymns and songs from the Discipleship Ministries website.Music Resources for World Communion Sunday »
Using hymns, Scriptures, readings, and prayers, this hymn festival is organized around the theme of Holy Communion. It is not intended to be used as an actual service of Holy Communion since it does not contain the Great Thanksgiving. This hymn festival might be especially meaningful for World Communion Sunday (the first Sunday of October).Celebrating the Mystery: A Hymn Festival on Holy Communion »
Maybe I could begin by just taking my hand of peace
Out of its hiding place
Long before the moment
That I cup my hands to receive Communion.
We are all one family (English).
Somos todos una familia (Spanish).
Nous sommes tous une famille (French).
The Great Thanksgiving and the setting of the Sanctus are by Dr. Karen B. Westerfield Tucker. The prayer was inspired by the Roman Catholic Mass of Reconciliation II and carries no copyright restrictions. The Korean translation is by Dr. John J. Park. This prayer was part of the opening liturgy of the 19th World Methodist Conference held in July 2006 in Seoul, Korea.Bilingual Great Thanksgiving in Korean and English »
World Communion Sunday is a day when many churches want to emphasize that the body of Christ shares the sacrament in the rich diversity while affirming that “there is one body and one Spirit …one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all.” (Ephesians 4:4) These greetings should be used to supplement languages spoken in the local congregation.Global Greetings for World Communion Sunday »
On this World Communion Sunday,
give us eyes to recognize your reflection in the eyes of Christians everywhere.
Who is my neighbor? For whom am I willing to go out on a limb, to suffer, or even to die?
With whom will I dare to laugh, to listen for God, or to learn to love? Are you my neighbor?
Would you loan me a loaf of bread at midnight?
Would you dig through the rubble of a 9/11, a tsunami, or a Katrina to look for me?
Would you wade through waist-high grass looking for my lost child?
Some did, but would you? We live in times when we could all use a good neighbor.