World Communion Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday in October every year in many Protestant churches. It originated in the Presbyterian Church USA in 1936. The day has taken on new relevancy and depth of meaning in a world where globalization often has undermined peace and justice – and in a time when fear divides the peoples of God’s earth. On this day we celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve – a world ever more in need of peacemaking.
While the Episcopal Church does not produce resources for this day, several denominations do. Many Episcopal churches exchange pulpits (swap pastors for preaching sermons) with their neighbors on this Sunday.
- United Methodist Church
- Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ resources
- Reformed Church in America
- Mennonite Church of Canada
- Swords into Plowshares from the Presbyterian Church USA
- Presentation of the Breads by Katherine Hawker
Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. Amen. (#7 For the Church, BCP 816)