Have you started planning for World Communion Sunday yet? Do you have any creative worship ideas?
I’ve been planning both our kick-off Sunday (September 13) and World Communion Sunday (October 4), so I’ll throw out some ideas and see if it sparks your creativity.
We want the kick-off Sunday to be full of energy and Spirit. The scripture passage will be Psalm 150 and the theme will be praising the Lord. Right after the announcements, we’ll play a video of Let Everything (that has breath praise the Lord). During the opening hymn, we’ll have the choir, and the children playing rhythm instruments, processing in to “Halle, Halle, Halle.” It’s a great song. I want to teach it to our congregation so we can use it on a regular basis. It works well for a call to worship or after the declaration of pardon. We might use it on our “First Sunday.” On the first Sunday of the month, people bring food and money for our local food bank, and the children collect the items after the children’s sermon. I wanted to find a version of the song on CD so I could teach the children during Sunday school. And I found a wonderful CD from John Bell of Iona, Sing with the World. It has songs from all over the world, sung in the native language and in English. You can download individual songs or the whole CD. The CD and song book are also available through Gia Music. Perhaps we’ll also use one of the songs for World Communion Sunday.
World Communion Sunday
We’re going to use a different type of bread. The United Church of Christ has some great World Communion Sunday ideas, including recipes for breads from different countries. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has some good resources, especially if your church is receiving the Peacemaking Offering. One of the best ways to introduce video into your church is to show the videos that the PCUSA produces for special offerings. We’ll probably show ours a few weeks before to prepare people for the offering.
Our church has a special relationship with Malawi, Egypt, and El Salvador. So we’re going to highlight those countries throughout the service, perhaps having the children pass out flags, or short updates on what God is doing there and how we’re helping.
What are some of the creative worship ideas you have for kick-off Sunday or World Communion Sunday?