World Communion Sunday is October 5- Dr. Bruce Whearty (PC USA Global Missions)
It was a Presbyterian pastor who first conceived the notion of World Communion Sunday during his year as moderator of the General Assembly (1930). It grew out of the Division of Stewardship at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. It was their attempt to bring churches together in a service of Christian unity—in which everyone might receive both inspiration and information, and above all, to know how important the Church of Jesus Christ is, and how each congregation is interconnected one with another. According to one person involved at the beginning, “The concept spread very slowly at the start. People did not give it a whole lot of thought. It was during the Second World War that the spirit caught hold, because we were trying to hold the world together. World Wide Communion symbolized the effort to hold things together, in a spiritual sense. It emphasized that we are one in the Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Celebration of World Wide Communion Sunday was adopted as a denominational practice in the Presbyterian Church (US) in 1936. Churches in other denominations were invited to celebrate with us from the beginning, but it wasn’t until 1940 when the Department of Evangelism of the Federal Council of Churches (a predecessor body of the National Council of Churches) promoted extending the celebration to a number of churches around the world that the practice became widespread. Today, World Communion Sunday is celebrated around the world, demonstrating that the church founded on Jesus Christ peacefully shares God-given goods in a world increasingly destabilized by globalization and global market economies based on greed.
As part of our World Communion Sunday, GPMC remembers past ecumenical ministers who have traveled from all around the world to worship with us. We give thanks that at the Lord’s Table we are one.
Our Sunday morning Christian Education program is back in full swing. Education for youth and children is on the Third Floor. Education for adults will be in Barbour Chapel. It all starts at 10:10 a.m., after our first morning service of worship.
Children are always welcome in worship at GPMC. Free childcare for infants and toddlers is available every Sunday morning during worship. Growing with God, a special program for children ages 3 through 2nd grade, is offered on Sundays at the earliest service. Growing with God does involve some gardening- please dress children appropriately.