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Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

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September 16, 2013

World Communion Sunday

“For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.” (John 6:33)

World Communion Sunday is October 6, 2013.

At pcusa.org/worship you can learn more about the history of World Communion Sunday and its origins at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, eighty years ago this year. You can also find links to information about the annual Peacemaking Offering, received on World Communion Sunday.

If your congregation has ordered Glory to God, the 2013 Presbyterian hymnal, you’ll have plenty of good songs to sing on World Communion Sunday, including:

#497     “Bread of Life from Heaven” (new words to a Sanctus from Argentina)

#502     “We Who Once Were Dead” (twentieth-century Dutch communion hymn)

#505     “The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing” (lively contemporary communion song)

#508     “Come to the Table” (new Korean communion hymn)

#520    “Taste and See”  (stirring gospel setting of Psalm 34)

#524     “The Rice of Life” (Taiwanese meditation on John 6)

#526     “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ” (communion hymn set to a Jamaican melody)

#527     “Eat This Bread” (well known communion song from Taizé)

#528     “Come, Let Us Eat” (call-and-response communion song from Liberia)

#530     “One Bread, One Body” (popular twentieth-century communion song)

#532     “Sheaves of Wheat” (updated setting of a communion hymn from Spain)

#538     “Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises” (powerful South African communion hymn)

Of course, there’s no reason why every Sunday shouldn’t be World Communion Sunday. Every Lord’s Day is an occasion to celebrate, in Word and Sacrament, the resurrection of the Lord—good news for all the world! Learn more about weekly Eucharist in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

May Jesus Christ, living bread for the life of the world, be with you all.

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  1. Why is there no clip-art for World Communion Sunday? ...and if there is, why is it so well hidden?

    by Alan R. Schaefer

    October 1, 2013

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