Pastor’s Corner 10/6/2019

Happy Fall, Y’all!

        My favorite book growing up was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The titular character says excitedly: “I am so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.” I am inclined to agree. October is my favorite month. I love the colors on the trees, the crispness in the air, and yes–I’m not ashamed to admit it–pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!
 
        Another great part of October is World Communion Sunday. For those who might not know, World Communion Sunday occurs on the first Sunday of every October and is shared by many Christian denominations. The aim is to promote unity and cooperation among churches, through the practice of the Eucharist.
 
        All around the world, churches will celebrate Communion. Some will use wine, some will use grape juice. Some use wafers and others use King’s Hawaiian bread. Some will worship in grand cathedrals, others in straw huts. In different languages, in different liturgies, and with different elements, we will all testify to God’s grace, given freely to each and every one of us. God invites ALL who hunger and thirst, ALL who need healing and reconciliation. In a world of divisions, of us and them, of haves and have nots, the Table is our common ground.
 
        My prayer is that when we come to the table, we will be mindful and carry the spirit of “all.” I pray that we can take this spirit with us into our daily lives, that we may let the knowledge of grace lead us out into the world to serve others, particularly those most in need of food, shelter, and love. I echo Jesus’ prayer for his disciples in John 17:20-23:
20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, God, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
 
Grace and Peace ,  
Anna