This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. In our 9:00 a.m. Family Worship and at 11:00 a.m., our story of the Good Shepherd demonstrates World Communion. The Good Shepherd leads his flock to their “table” in the good green grass. When we gather around the table of the Good Shepherd, sometimes we use different names or figures to remind us who he was, not because we need them. Because the Good Shepherd is in the bread and the wine. People from all over the world come to the same table all of the time, including the children. We celebrate this One body of Christ on World Communion Sunday.
I recently had an occasion to articulate how I feel about Holy Communion. As I expressed this, I realized that my present devotion to this sacrament comes from a lifetime’s wealth of sentiment and deeply spiritual experiences of human connectedness around our shared family table. It is the primal, ancient marrow of my faith which has been ripening since early childhood. It is also the result of the didactic teaching and modeling that I have both, given and received. Practice, shared experience of Christ’s abundant table, rich instruction, and ritualized action is Worship and Sunday school; Formed and informed. What a Great Thanksgiving!
Here, Rev. Bauman shares his thoughts on World Communion Sunday.