World Communion Sunday
The Great Thanksgiving and the setting of the Sanctus are by Dr. Karen B. Westerfield Tucker. The prayer was inspired by the Roman Catholic Mass of Reconciliation II and carries no copyright restrictions. The Korean translation is by Dr. John J. Park. This prayer was part of the opening liturgy of the 19th World Methodist Conference held in July 2006 in Seoul, Korea.Bilingual Great Thanksgiving in Korean and English »
A listing of downloadable hymns and songs from the GBOD website.Music Resources for World Communion Sunday - October 6, 2013 »
On this World Communion Sunday,
give us eyes to recognize your reflection in the eyes of Christians everywhere.
We are all one family (English).
Somos todos una familia (Spanish).
Nous sommes tous une famille (French).
World Communion Sunday is a day when many churches want to emphasize that the body of Christ shares the sacrament in the rich diversity while affirming that “there is one body and one Spirit …one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all.” (Ephesians 4:4) These greetings should be used to supplement languages spoken in the local congregation.Global Greetings for World Communion Sunday »
World Communion Sunday is one of the six churchwide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. World Communion Sunday provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels. World Communion Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday in October.World Communion Sunday (First Sunday in October) »
Who is my neighbor? For whom am I willing to go out on a limb, to suffer, or even to die?
With whom will I dare to laugh, to listen for God, or to learn to love? Are you my neighbor?
Would you loan me a loaf of bread at midnight?
Would you dig through the rubble of a 9/11, a tsunami, or a Katrina to look for me?
Would you wade through waist-high grass looking for my lost child?
Some did, but would you? We live in times when we could all use a good neighbor.
Maybe I could begin by just taking my hand of peace
Out of its hiding place
Long before the moment
That I cup my hands to receive Communion.
You created for yourself a world filled with diversity
and blessed by your breath of life.
Rainbow colors bloom in spring,
summer breezes bring garden delight,
and now as Autumn comes our way
we see the work of your paintbrush upon every face and tree.
Using hymns, Scriptures, readings, and prayers, this hymn festival is organized around the theme of Holy Communion. It is not intended to be used as an actual service of Holy Communion since it does not contain the Great Thanksgiving. This hymn festival might be especially meaningful for World Communion Sunday (the first Sunday of October).Celebrating the Mystery: A Hymn Festival on Holy Communion »