Below is an essay that I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. You can hear a podcast of this message by going to the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.
If you find this essay helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.On Sunday, we’ll gather around our Lord’s table with Christians all over the world. And even though this is something that happens throughout the year, Sunday is special. You see, it’s a day set aside so that we can remember the unity we have as the Body of Christ. And for me, this is significant. Let’s face it, within the church, we may have different views about a variety of things, and yet we all see the bread and the cup as important. As a matter of fact, unlike baptism, it’s a celebration we all do during the year. And even though it’s generally seen as something that enhances us spiritually by strengthening our relationship with God, our celebration on Sunday will represent more. It’s a reminder of a gift that we all share, one that we didn’t earn and don’t deserve. When we eat the bread and drink from the cup together, we’re affirming once again our unity as men and women who’ve been called, inspired and then sent out to do Christ’s work in the world.
And for that reason, I think Sunday is crucially important. You see, even though the society around us may be encouraging us to stand against others, global communion challenges us to gather with our brothers and sisters, without regard for politics and ideology, without respect to race or gender, and without resentments about what may have been lost in the past or may be lost in the future. When we gather around a table that stretches around the world, we’re acknowledging a shared focus that’s far stronger than anything that might be pulling us a part. On Sunday, we affirm our oneness as the Body of Christ, a unity that we can carry with us as we live within a divided world.
And so, as we gather on Sunday morning, let’s put aside all that stuff that has divided us, and let’s focus on our unity as brothers and sisters in Christ. And then, let’s be challenged to take the next step and to use this unity to make our country and world a better place for all people.