CRANBORNE CELEBRATES WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
Cranborne Circuit joined the rest of the Christian community around the world in commemorating World Communion Sunday with a rallying call to “be righteous” and endeavour towards a fruitful Christian life in practice by Pastor In Charge Reverend Dr Gift Machinga.
World Communion Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday of October mainly to promote Christian unity and ecumenical co operation.
World Communion Sunday began at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1933. The Rev. Hugh Thompson Kerr and his congregation sought to demonstrate the interconnectedness of Christian churches, regardless of denomination.
Rev. Kerr appropriately chose the sacrament of Holy Communion to symbolize this unity.
In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, which included all of the predecessor denominations of The United Methodist Church, adopted World-Wide Communion Sunday.
United Methodists believe in an open table, anyone may receive communion.
Our Book of Worships says, “All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup.”
The resident pastors led in the Holy Communion service.
The pastor’s sermon was adapted from Psalms 1 vs 1-6
The service also saw the first steps towards the return of the main choir, weeks after the passing of long term director Paul Gandanzara with Rev Machinga imploring old and new members to join as a way to honour and prolong the musical legacy left behind by the late music director.