One of the benefits of being a clergy couple is that we can borrow inspiration from each other. Therefore, giving credit where credit is due, this is Pastor Debbie's Midweek Moment this week which is so appropriate with World Communion Sunday coming this Sunday.
I'll confess that one of my favorite rides at Disney World is "It's a Small World" - I love the artistic expression present throughout the ride and I love the annoying little song that gets stuck in your head:
"It's a world of laughter, a world of tears. It's a world of hopes and a world of fears. There's so much that we share, that it's time we're aware. It's a small world after all.
It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small, small world.
There is just one moon and one golden sun, and a smile means friendship to everyone. Though the mountains divide, and the oceans are wide, it's a small world after all.
It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small, small world."
My favorite room is the last one, where all the dolls representing children from all around the world are still dressed in their native costumes and doing things representing their cultures, but everyone is dressed in white and gold because even though they are different, it is a small world and there is much that is the same.
So perhaps it isn't a huge stretch then to understand why I love the celebration coming up this weekend of World Communion Sunday. Because it reminds us that even though we as Christians may have different ways of expressing our faith in God through various denominations, we are all one in Christ Jesus - "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:5-6).
World Communion Sunday began in 1933 in a Presbyterian church and by 1940 it had been adopted by the National Council of Churches. In focusing our celebration around communion, we focus upon one of the main things that unites us as believers - the invitation to come and receive grace at the Lord's table. I hope you will come and enjoy our celebration in worship this weekend as we observe World Communion Sunday.
I echo her invitation and hope to see you all this week as we celebrate our unity as we are called to one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.
See you Sunday!