Today was world communion Sunday – a time for mainline Protestants to do in unison what we should not have to be told to do: celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday morning. But misunderstandings about this day abound, and for it to be taken seriously our churches must be taught. For this to happen, we need serious resources, the opposite of which is the following (excerpted from the Methodists):
It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Lord God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
You created for yourself a world filled with diversity
and blessed by your breath of life.
Rainbow colors bloom in spring,
summer breezes bring garden delight,
and now as Autumn comes our way
we see the work of your paintbrush upon every face and tree.
In mercy, while we still held to the chains of our winter,
of pride, self-righteousness, and historic egos
you loved us steadfastly and delivered us as babes
to reflect the beauty and diversity of your grace,
to bring us into a community of love, hope, and peace.
In particular, it is those last two that stink. “Rainbow colors,” really? This is not a day to celebrate our ethnic diversity. It is a day to work together in hope for the unity that Jesus prayed for. What a waste, United Methodist Church. What a waste.