|This stole is sold here.|
Do you celebrate World Communion Sunday with your congregation? Many denominations celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of October to promote Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. Of course anytime we observe Communion we show our participation in the body of Christ. This makes me think of the scripture from 1 Corinthians 10:16-17...Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
With this in mind we've added a new stole to our Haiti collection using silk that is hand dyed by a group of women that run a small business to be able to further their education in LaCroix, Haiti.
|Marietta gets supplies organized for a day of dying silk.|
Whenever I have the opportunity of partaking in Communion outside my home congregation I am struck by the symbols of bread and wine and the gift of their universality. This hit me a little further away from home this summer when I was able to work in Haiti for a week. I thought you might enjoy the below photo of the LaCroix New Testament Mission choir helping us prepare our hearts for Communion with song as they sing around the table where the elements are prepared, covered and waiting.
|....and yes, that's a bottle of Purell hand sanitizer on the Communion table!|