WESTERN RESERVE DISTRICT
One of my favorite Sundays of the year is World Communion day. It is a day to remember that all around the globe followers of Jesus gather to celebrate Christ’s Lordship.
Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2: 5 – 11)
God came to be among us … and offer Himself to us that we might know strength in weakness, peace in chaos, hope in uncertainties, and life in death. It is good to remember God’s promises and faithfulness.
God’s communion table is open to all … so we gather and remember. And then we go – into the entire world – to not just proclaim this truth. But we go to live into this truth. We offer forgiveness, we are bearers of peace, we sow seeds of kindness, we are leaders in the pursuit of justice.
Yet Christ sends us. He feeds us, nourishes us, and empowers us as we remember. Christ sends us to share the good news of salvation; the good news of God’s love freely offered for all.
As I travel around our district, I celebrate the many ways we are seeking to share Christ’s love with others; the ways we are inviting and welcoming others to Christ’s feast. Yet honestly, I grieve that there are still stories of inward focus and negativity and power struggles for control.
World Communion Sunday reminds us that Jesus is the one who invites us, loves us, redeems us, unites us, sends us, empowers us. John Wesley called communion a means of grace … an opportunity to experience God’s love in a real and meaningful, a transforming way!
May we feast of the holy meal throughout October …
and BE Christ’s people for the world. The world… not just each other …
Western Reserve District Office:
Rev. Sondra Snode
71 North Park Place
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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