It’s a small, small world
Have you noticed? Our world is shrinking! The world used to seem so huge. People who lived in far away lands seemed, well, far away! But not anymore! With cable news, cell phones, the internet, YouTube, email and Facebook, our world is shrinking right before our eyes. There’s a lot of truth to that old Disney song, “It’s A Small World After All.” Today we can interact and stay connected with people all over the world in real time.
This weekend, people of faith have a chance to experience one of the advantages of our shrinking planet. On Sunday, Jesus followers all over the globe will celebrate World Communion Sunday. On World Communion Sunday, Christians of every language and every nationality will gather together breaking bread at the Lord’s Supper and loudly proclaim with one voice as the Apostle Paul did nearly 2,000 years ago in Ephesians 4:5-6 that there is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
At the beginning of the American Revolutionary War there was “a shot heard around the world.” This weekend on World Communion Sunday, there will be praise heard around world as Jesus followers from a multitude of nations join hands and make a mighty rumble of praise to our God. The writer of Psalms foresaw faith in this internet age when he wrote, “Shout for joy to the Lord , all the earth. Worship the the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God” (Psalm 100:1-3).
Whether we realize it or not, we’re all connected together as global citizens and as children of God our Father. On World Communion Sunday you and I have the chance to cast aside the name brands that divide the Church into Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Nazarenes, Evangelical Association, independent, pentecostal, etc. and just be who all Christians really are: Jesus followers saved by grace at the foot of the cross. World Communion Sunday allows us to celebrate Jesus and our faith together on this globally internet connected planet called Earth.
Want to join in on this global celebration? It’s easy. Attend worship at the church or your choice on Sunday and share in the broken bread and the cup around the Lord’s table. As you do, pause to sense that you are a part of a global event. For 24 hours, from one side of our planet to the other, Jesus followers will lift up the name of Christ as our risen Lord and Savior and commune with Him and each other around the Lord’s table. If you listen real close, you might even feel the shout of praise as it encircles the planet!
Then, after worship, take time to join the global Church. You might want to join in on a CROP Hunger Walk in your community [Check out www.cropwalkonline.org to find one near you] to help fight global hunger, or, you might want to go online to YouTube and watch videos of the global church engaging in worship. There’s some really powerful videos posted out there! Either way, don’t miss this global experience. It’ll shrink your world right before your eyes, and help you discover how huge and awesome our God really is.
Begin your celebration right now. Watch this music video inspired by Newsboys’ song, “He Reigns.”