As we come to the Sunday that is known as World Communion Sunday, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what this means in my personal life.  As a pastor, it is a great privilege to preside at the meal where Jesus hosts all who enter the doors of the church building.  I do not take lightly the fact that God has called me to help in distributing the elements of bread and juice in which the Holy Spirit has consecrated to be the real presence of Jesus Christ.  Yes, to us humans, we do not have the complete capacity to understand the vastness of this meal, and/or the mystery in and how Jesus is with us and within the meal we partake in on this beautiful Sunday.  However, what we do know is “now.”  Now is always present, urgent, in the moment, etc.  And when we gather around the table this upcoming Sunday, there will be millions across the world that will have already gathered, and will gather in unity with the entire body of Christ to share, to be nourished, and to be sustained by the simple elements of bread and juice.

I came across the hymn, “Now,” in The United Methodist Hymnal not too long ago.  The melody is a bit strange, and the words can be even stranger … until you really listen, and read the poetic story of what it means to live into the sacrament of Holy Communion … living into the free grace offered unto us … living into the outward and visible sign of the invisible and powerful grace of God given to us all.  These words become my prayer for peace as we look forward to the opportunity to share in a meal of great proportions on Sunday morning.

Now the silence
Now the peace
Now the empty hands uplifted
Now the kneeling
Now the plea
Now the Fathers’ arms in welcome
Now the hearing
Now the power
Now the vessel brimmed for pouring
Now the body
Now the blood
Now the joyful celebration
Now the wedding
Now the songs
Now the heart forgiven leaping
Now the Spirit’s visitation
Now the Son’s epiphany
Now the Father’s blessing

-The United Methodist Hymnal, #619


  1. Now Rev. Juston R. Smith 2:41