Christians will commemorate World Communion Day tomorrow

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World Communion Day commemorates the Last Supper.

Tomorrow, Christians around the world will commemorate World Communion Sunday, which signifies that Jesus Christ is the head of the church, according to www.nationalday.com.

What is World Communion Sunday?

Held annually on the first Sunday in October, World Communion Day also promotes unity among members of the Christian faith by signifying that every Christian church and denomination that promotes Christian unity is one, according to the national holiday. .

Communion was instituted by Jesus to commemorate his impending death, to symbolize the New Covenant, to emphasize the brotherhood of a redeemed people gathered at his table, and to anticipate the messianic banquet yet to come, according to the Gospel Coalition.

Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper, dates back to the Passover meal at the time of the Exodus. It was instituted by Jesus during his last meal with his disciples. The bread and cup designate his broken body and shed blood and are the definitive symbols of the New Covenant in Christ, according to the Gospel Coalition.

Churches may designate a specific day or time each month to hold communion.

History of World Communion Day

According to the national holiday, the origin of this day can be traced to Dr. Hugh Thompson Kerr, pastor of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He had this idea in 1930, when he was moderator of the General Assembly.

Kerr’s youngest son, Rev. Dr. Donald Kerr, pastor emeritus of Roland Park Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. also attributed the start of World Communion Sunday to the celebration at the Division of Stewardship in Shadyside.

His father wanted to bring the churches together in the service of Christian unity, and the idea grew from there, according to the national holiday, but it was not until World War II that the idea was celebrated every year.

Shortly after World War II, the National Council of Churches began endorsing and promoting the event to churches around the world, according to the national holiday.

A day of unity

Reverend Matt Sapp, pastor of Newnan Town Center Central Baptist Church, addressed his congregation about World Communion Sunday in the church’s weekly newsletter. He said World Communion Sunday is a good reminder of the diversity of Christians.

“The God we serve is not small, nor is God limited by geography or borders,” Sapp said in the newsletter. “In 2010, more than half of Christians were Catholic. And more than 10% belonged to various Orthodox denominations. I have spent my whole life surrounded by Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians in the South. Every now and then I need to be reminded that there are more ways to be faithful than the ones I grew up with.

Sapp encouraged the congregation to participate in the holy day.

“With Christians around the world as we all come together to share Holy Communion in our various churches, remembering that there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all , which is above all and through all, and in all – and which unites us all,” Sapp said. “It’s a special day every year.”

For the month of October, Central Baptist Church will welcome anyone wishing to commune at home. For more information, email [email protected] or call the church office at 770-683-0610.

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