World Communion Sunday – Oct

World Communion Sunday, celebrated in many countries on the first Sunday of October, offers a congregation an opportunity to hear global voices and sing international hymns.

Global Ministries USA logo
Global Ministries USA logo

Several helpful resources, including a complete communion service and message, are available on the website of Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ USA.

Thandiwe at Kirkland United Church of Christ, WA USA -- by Ben Ulrich
Thandiwe at Kirkland United Church of Christ, WA USA — by Ben Ulrich

A children’s message for World Communion Sunday.  Greetings from other cultures could be used.

What do we do and say in English to greet people?

[Hi.  Hello.  Good morning. We wave.  We shake hands.]

Last week my daughter was visiting from India where she sometimes lives, and she taught me the local greeting there.  In India when people greet one another, they put their hands together like this, and say “Namaste.”

Try it…

Does anyone know what the word “Namaste” means?

The word “Namaste” means more than just “hello.”  It means “The divine or God  in me greets the divine or God in you.  It helps people remember that God’s spirit lives in every person they meet.  So when I say it to you, it means I remember that God’s spirit lives in you.

Let’s try it one more time.  “Namaste.”

Let’s pray.

God, thank you for people of other countries who can teach us things.  Help us see that your spirit lives in everyone we meet.  Amen.