I love World Communion Sunday! I began planning for this service weeks ago. In the congregation which I serve, this is the only Sunday that the session gives over responsibility of preparing communion to the deacon's board, and those deacons do it up right! In fact, the photo that appears at the top of this blog is one I took with the camera on my cell phone of our table last year on World Communion Sunday.
The texts for this week were not easy ones for me to wrap my head around, in terms of a celebratory day. But after thinking about it plenty, I am going with the Luke passage as the main focus of my sermon.
It seems to me that one focus of the Luke text is that our place at the table --God's table--is not one that can be earned, no matter how big our faith is. Grace is and always has been God's domain. Right now there are many situations in my congregation wherein members are asking why certain things are happening in their lives--is it because their faith isn't strong enough? The reminder to embrace that "grace place" that God provides seems timely indeed!