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World Communion Sunday

"Your Sacred Table"
adapted from a prayer by St. Francis de Sales

Divine Savior,
we come to Your sacred table to nourish ourselves,
     not with bread but with Yourself, true Bread of eternal life.

Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal of your divine nourishment. Let us be continually refreshed by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.

May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love. Meanwhile, let us prepare a place for this holy food by emptying our hearts. Amen.

 

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Moving That Tree
Luke 17:5-10
Rev. Frank Schaefer

"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you."

Those of you who don't know what a mustard seed looks like, it is one of the tiniest seeds you'll ever see. In fact, you can hardly see it with your naked eye. And yet, it grows into a big tree; actually, it's technically a shrub, but it looks like a tree, it's as large as a tree.

Many preachers through the ages have focused on this amazing contrast, of tiny beginnings that can lead to big results. And in that sense, the mustard seed is a perfect simile of the kingdom of God. Sometimes we see very small beginnings that yield amazing results.

If you have just a little faith, you can move trees. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus is recorded as saying, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains.

That tiny little faith can move trees and mountains like their toy trees and toy mountains. our faith can move mountains in your life, in your community. How encouraging is that?

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So, is there a connection between World Communion and this message of the mustard-seed faith? I think there is. Think about it, the biggest mountains in our way are social problems. I always say that the most cruel suffering is what human beings do to each other. Think about the cruelty and emotional agony of war, crimes, failing relationships, and the cruelty of racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc.

Most of the mountains in life have to do with living life in the human society. And on this World Communion Sunday we have a chance to invest a little faith in the church of Christ and in humanit .
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