World Communion Sunday
World Communion Sunday, held annually on the first Sunday of October, is a celebration of the unity of the worldwide church through Christ. Christians in congregations around the world participate in the Lord's Supper.
- Read the Scripture passage for the day in more than one language. Enlist people from your congregation who speak more than one language to help.
- Incorporate music from different cultures into the service. The congregation could sing, or you could play a CD during the offertory. Check out Table of the World, recorded by Tony Alonso (GIA Publications), which includes songs in Spanish and English as well as incorporating music from other cultures.
- Include prayers from around the world during your prayer time. Prayers Encircling the World: An International Anthology (Westminster John Knox Press) includes more than 200 global prayers, organized by topic.
- Consider designating your offering for overseas missions or for a local ecumenical ministry.
- If your church supports overseas missionaries and any of them are on home stay, invite them to worship with you and bring greetings from the church in another part of the world. Find out which RCA missionaries may be available by contacting Kathy DeKock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- "Come, for the Meal Is Ready" is a World Communion Sunday liturgy from the United Church of Christ.
- "The Communion of Saints: Resources from the Worldwide Church," by Anne Zaki, includes a host of litanies, prayers, and other worship resources from around the world. The article appeared in issue 76 of Reformed Worship.
- "A Better Righteousness: Four Services" suggests songs and liturgies for four Sundays from World Communion Sunday through Reformation Sunday. Though the texts are for lectionary year A (Advent 2010-Advent 2011), the service suggestions are more broadly applicable. The article appeared in issue 40 of Reformed Worship.
- "Come All You People: A Service for World Communion Sunday," by Mary Winters, outlines the order of worship for a special World Communion Sunday service. The article appeared in issue 73 of Reformed Worship.
- "Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises" from Sing! A New Creation