14 When it was time, he sat down, all the apostles with him,
15 and said, "You've no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering.
16 It's the last one I'll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God."
17 Taking the cup, he blessed it, then said, "Take this and pass it among you.
18 As for me, I'll not drink wine again until the kingdom of God arrives."
19 Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory."
20 He did the same with the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant written in my blood, blood poured out for you.
14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ 17Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ 19Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’
Devotion by Lynne Buell
World Communion Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday in October by Christians around the world. This custom has been in place since 1940 when the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America adopted World-Wide Communion Sunday.
It is a very special tradition at Pilgrimage to set tables with several types of breads in the front of the Sanctuary. The congregation will gather and self-serve Communion sampling and dipping their pieces in cups of wine.
Regardless of the various traditions Christians will follow tomorrow, we will all rejoice in unity because of our beliefs of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Let us give thanks for our church as we pray together as a congregation tomorrow and each week. Amen.