World Communion Sunday

Because of the many emphases in worship this Sunday (October 4, 2009), we will not be paying any particular attention to World Communion Sunday.  It’s not something that we often do anyhow, but this celebration is recognized in many of our church bodies nationwide, and particularly in the denomination of origin, the Presbyterian Church, USA.  Here’s some background:

“World Communion Sunday – celebrated the first Sunday in October – is one of the most venerable of “special Sundays.” The day has taken on new relevancy and depth of meaning in a world where globalization often has undermined peace and justice – and in a time when fear divides the peoples of God’s earth.  On this day we celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve – a world ever more in need of peacemaking.”  -from the National Council of Churches website

Thinking more globally for a moment, our devotion this week is a slideshow, or photo essay, of what families around the world eat in a typical week.  It is an excerpt from a book called, “Hungry Planet,” authored by Peter Menzel. 

What does YOUR family eat in a typical week?  And how about a typical Sunday–does it include Holy Communion?

Ukita Family of Japan

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html

Because this photoessay is on the Time Magazine website, you may encounter an advertisement, which you can easily close by clicking the “x” in the upper-right hand corner.

Prayer

Sheltering Jesus, feed your people, and link us in combating poverty and hunger–in all its forms.  Amen.

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