Summary: World Communion Sunday Sermon.
Why Communion Matters
That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.
Moses said to them, “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat. 16 This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer[a] for each person you have in your tent.’”
17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.” Exodus 16:13-18
Intro: At a countywide gathering of local religious leaders, someone shouted: "The building is on fire!"
The Methodists gathered in the corner and began to discuss and debate the meaning of fire.
The Baptists yelled, "Where's the water?"
The Lutherans posted a notice on the door declaring fire to be evil.
The Episcopalians formed a processional and marched out of the building in decency and order.
The Catholics took pledges to cover the expenses of repairs after the fire.
The Christian church meditated on whether there really was a fire at all.
The Pentecostals praised God and shouted, "Holy Smoke!"
The Community Non-Denominationalist split into three groups went out and started three new churches.
On this first Sunday of October, Christians around the world will bow in elaborate cathedrals,
to open air meetings to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.
We call it Worldwide Communion Sunday.
World Communion Sunday was started in 1940.
It was meant to be a way to unify denominations and people through celebrating things we have in common.
Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptist and some other groups began to promote the idea across their mission networks outside the United States so there would be more of a feel of worldwide Communion on that day.
It is an invitation for people of all classes and colors, backgrounds and beliefs, traditions and testimonies
to join hands and hearts in love and loyalty to Jesus Christ.
Welcome to the table of diversity.
So let me help us understand what tolerance is in our day.
We live in a difficult time in the life of the United Methodist Church.
As a church member you are challenged just as much as those of us who stand in the pulpit
to understand our beliefs
and share and teach them gently with love and compassion.
Tolerance is not believing what you want,
doing what you wish,
acting the way you choose
That's not belief.
Tolerance is being so sure of the power of God in Christ that you feel no threat from those who think otherwise.
Before I join a church, I would ask to know "Is everyone welcome at the table?"
Before I join a church I want to know “Are women full and equal to be pastors as God has called them to be."
Before I join a church I'd ask the question, “Are children valued as whole persons to be baptized?”