Cross with Patens and Cup, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46038 [retrieved September 30, 2020].

God in all times and places,

this weekend is the annual observance of World Communion Sunday.

This occasion seems particularly poignant this year.

Some clergy and congregations aren’t authorized to celebrate the Lord’s Supper virtually.

Many of those that are will do so from separate spaces, given the dangers of the pandemic.

And yet, the message of World Communion Sunday is as important as ever:

that though we may be in different locations and time zones,

we share a love for and oneness in Christ;

that there is beauty in diversity,

which we should celebrate as the breadth of God’s image in humankind;

that though our elements or theologies of communion might vary,

Jesus endured violence to reveal the fallacies of control and greed for the benefit of us all.

May we experience our unity in the Spirit,

and may that bond embolden us to live from love and connection in a polarized world.

Amen.


Laura Stephens-Reed is a clergy and congregational coach working with ministers and churches across the ecumenical spectrum. Having served in a variety of pastoral roles and denominations, she is primarily affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Based in northwest Alabama (United States), Laura is married to a United Methodist pastor, and they have a seven-year-old son. She blogs weekly at laurastephensreed.com.


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