by Rev Robert A Wendel
“You see things and say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw from his play “Back to Methuselah,” quoted by Robert F. Kennedy.
World Communion Sunday is always the first Sunday in October. Christians around the world gather in worship and share a communion moment known as the Lord’s Last Supper. We come together and support one another, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, at tables from every culture, every land, every people and every global and economic situation possible.
Christians do a bold thing. We dare to proclaim hope and peace ‘round the world. On this single Sunday, we dare to proclaim unity within the Church of Jesus Christ and the hope that all people might have the power, as Paul says “To comprehend what is the breath and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that they might be filled with the fullness of God.” We are To imagine living in a world where there is no anger and abuse, no addition and neglect, no greed and pride, no murder and rape, no oppression and torture, no hunger and homelessness.
In a world where everyone understood the extent of Christ’s love for us and God’s compassion, would there be these things? Would there be wide-spread income inequality in such a world? Would there be life-changing, life-ending disease in such a world? Would there be war and weapons of mass destruction in such a world?
We long for such a world. We tired of money having the greatest power We tired of hearing and reading about violence in our homes and communities. We tired of watching countries tear themselves apart internally. We long for better times on this earth. “Why can’t we all get along?”
Once a year, on World Communion Sunday, we come to the Lord’s precious holy table with bread or rice cakes or tortillas or oatmeal cakes, and remember the broken body of Jesus. We drink wine or grape juice being grateful that Christ , God’s only Son, died, taking our sins to His pitiful cross.
For our part, may each of us be peacemaking wherever we go, not afraid to ask, “Why not Lord?” God, help us, heal us, and guide us until we, in turn, arrive at our promised Heavenly Home!
This month, our Saturday morning Men’s Breakfast will include, as it always does, good food prepared by the best all-male kitchen crew in West Virginia, wonderful fellowship and a brief Bible-based devotion. Gentlemen, please join us at 8:00 am on October 3rd.
Also a special thank you to the ladies for all their hard work providing lunch after the recent funerals here at FBC. Your dedication in caring for these families is greatly appreciated.