This Sunday, as you probably already know, is World Communion Sunday. This year, I’d like to display on a bulletin board in the narthex some of your stories about Communion. How do you “do” Communion in your church? What about the church of your childhood or your youth? What makes your church’s way of celebrating Communion unique or particularly memorable?
We have Presbyterians of all stripes who read this blog, including (but certainly not limited to) PC(USA), ARP, PCA, EPC, OPC, Church of Scotland, Free Church of Scotland, and EPCEW. We also have Baptists of many different kinds, Episcopalians/Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and probably some more that I’m leaving out. Every tradition “does” Communion a little differently. Furthermore, even within a particular tradition, individual congregations have their own ways of doing things.
On this World Communion Sunday, I think it will be encouraging to our congregation to read the stories of what makes Communion special in your church. If you have pictures, send them along with your stories. The more stories and pictures, the better! Even if you have only one or two sentences to share, such as the name of a song you always sing at Communion, send it in. Don’t imagine that everyone does Communion the way your church does. For example, the first time I played for a Methodist church, I discovered the tradition of leaving money at the altar rail for a special Communion offering for the poor.
Send your stories and pictures to knowtea-at-knowtea-dot-com (writing the address properly, of course). But please send it to me by Friday so I can print your story for the board. Thanks, and I pray that this World Communion Sunday is a special one for all of you.