World Communion Sunday offers congregations a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, they remember that they are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion Sunday can be both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith.
This year Global Ministries showcases its Caribbean Initiative: On this World Communion Sunday, the materials we are sharing with brothers and sisters in Christ, will guide us to return to the original, radical message of the Eucharist. The Parable of the Great Dinner (Luke 14:15-22) and the Parable of the Wedding Banquet (Matthew 22:1-14), give us examples of breaking norms and rules of a concrete economic and cultural system and allow us to shift into openness, compassion, generosity, and welcome to all humans and creatures in Creation. The proposal is to surrender our haciendas, our private places, closed by privilege and domination, and to fill our stomachs with the reality of the other, letting the yeast of the Gospel transform us from the logic of retaining to one of offering. This alternative implies a society governed by a different symbolic order, not only by another law. It is about a permanent re-evolution of love, understanding, and care. ¡Bienvenidos y bienvenidas a la Mesa del Señor! Welcome to the table of God!
If you want to embrace the spirit in worship, a new album of Caribbean hymns and praise music, complete with lyrics in English and Spanish is now available! Download the free album today!