“World Communion Sunday offers congregations a unique opportunity to experience Holy Communion and fellowship in the context of the global community of faith.”
World Communion Sunday, always celebrated on the first Sunday of October, reminds us of our connection to the global Church. Beginning in 1936 in the Presbyterian Church, it was adopted by the Federal Council of Churches (predecessor of the NCC) in 1940. Since then, the celebration has grown into an international ecumenical celebration of Christian unity across the globe.
To celebrate this year’s World Communion, we have invited guest preacher The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, founder and president of Dar Al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine. Rev. Raheb will preach at both the 8:30 am and 11 am worship services. And in the Great Hall at 10 am, during the Sunday School, students from Dar Al-Kalima will perform various traditional Palestinian dances.
The Rev. Raheb, who holds a Doctorate in Theology from Philipps University at Marburg, Germany. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Rev. Raheb is the author of 16 books including: I am a Palestinian Christian, Bethlehem Besieged, Faith in the Face of Empire, and The Bible through Palestinian Eyes. His books and numerous articles have been translated so far into 11 languages. Learn more about Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb Biography.
During his stay in Dallas, Rev. Raheb will travel among various partnering Churches. Feel free to join any of these presentations:
Friday, October 5th
Ecumenical Breakfast with Rev. Raheb at First Presbyterian Church, Richardson. To register for this event, use this link:
Saturday, October 6th
Worship, led by Rev. Raheb, and Panel Discussion during stated meeting of Grace Presbytery at First Presbyterian Church, Longview.
Sunday, October 7th
Rev. Raheb will preach at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney
Events in Dallas, Austin and Houston:
This has been possible thanks to the partnership of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Grace Presbytery and Bright Stars of Bethlehem, to name a few.