[I’m reposting this note from a year ago. We had a similar service this morning for Mission Sunday. I thought it was worth sharing this idea once again.
Sunday was Missions Sunday for us. We enjoyed a truly extraordinary day of worship and fellowship in anticipation of making a once-a-year offering to support our missions program. But without a doubt, the highlight was taking communion with our brothers and sisters in China. Our missions team arranged for the missionaries we support in China to be connected to our church by live internet feed.
Now, that was cool enough, but the communion service was led by a recent convert from China, a young man with an astonishing command of English and an obvious, deep faith.
A webcam showed the image of the small house church our missionaries had planted, with the young convert on the front row, simply sharing devotional thoughts about the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. I don’ t think there was a dry eye in the house.
There was likely a 10-hour time difference, but our brothers and sisters in China stayed up late and took communion as we did.
I am convinced this communion service has indelibly changed this congregation. You just can’t sit around the table with young men and women of such faith and courage and not be changed.