Oct Pastor's Letter

Greetings Everyone,     

I would like to share with you why I love the first Sunday in October. Communion is one of my favorite aspects of worship. Our founder John Wesley committed to partaking in communion as often as he gathered with his small groups. That’s how important communion was to the early Methodists. We don’t celebrate communion every time we gather, but we do celebrate it at the beginning of each month.      

In 1933, Presbyterian minister Hugh Thomson Kerr, came up with this idea of a World Communion     Sunday. It was to be celebrated on the first Sunday of October. This was an 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 Universal Church is, and how each congregation is interconnected one with another.     

In a time when there is a lot of division both inside and outside of the church, I believe it is important to     embrace these traditions. They promote unity. While we won’t all agree on everything, that doesn’t mean that we can’t get along. I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, “Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible,    so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”     

World Communion Sunday started as a way to celebrate communion with people from various churches around the world. It is a reminder that while we are far apart, we are still connected. It is my hope that no matter what our differences are, we may still be able to join together in prayer and praise.

God bless, Pastor Chris