World Communion Sunday is scheduled for Oct. 4, 2015.
Here are a few ideas to use during worship:
- Bake a loaf of bread that morning in the sanctuary, so the smell of fresh bread permeates the worship space. Our sense of smell is strongly connected to memory.
- Purchase an appropriate number of world beach balls (Oriental Trading – http://www.orientaltrading.com/inflatable-world-globes-a2-49_1290.fltr?prodCatId=552882+1527 ). During the anthem or special music, hand out the beach balls to the congregation and ask that they pass the beach balls along, pausing to hold the ball and say a quick prayer that the bread & cup of communion will nourish their lives enabling them to share God’s hope, peace, and love to the world. If you are brave, during the postlude, invite members to gently bounce the beach balls into the air around the congregation.
- Use the world beach balls during the children’s sermon then invite the children pass the balls throughout the congregation asking folks to thank God for the church world-wide and all our partners around the world in Christ’s service.
- Find World Communion Sunday suggestions from Carolyn Brown’s “Worshipping with Children” blog – http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2011/09/year-proper-22-27th-sunday-in-ordinary.html
- Use the 2 lesson curriculum “Touch the Water, Taste the Bread” by Daphna L. Flegal the week before & day of Communion Sunday. This is a study on baptism & communion for children. 3 lessons on baptism and 2 on communion. Find this resource in the attached document.
- Belonging to God: Catechism Resources for Worship from the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship provides an invitation to the Lord’s Table and the Great Thanksgiving prayer that includes children (readers) with questions on the pattern of the Passover Seder. This book is available for you to borrow in Presbytery’s Resource Center. I’d love to hear about the creative ways your congregation observes World Communion Sunday.