The annual World Communion Service will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 23rd Street, Parkersburg. Childcare will be provided.
Choirs and clergy from eight local churches will come together in a spirit of worship and celebration. Churches represented will be Christ United Methodist, Emmanuel Baptist, First Christian, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist, South Parkersburg Baptist, St. Andrews United Methodist, and Stout Memorial United Methodist. Each year an offering is taken as part of the service. This year's offering will be equally divided between Wood County Habitat for Humanity and FaithLink.
World Communion Sunday originated in the Presbyterian Church in 1936 and was celebrated on the first Sunday of October in the United States and overseas. From the beginning, it was planned so that other denominations could make use of this celebration. The day has taken on new relevancy and depth of meaning in a world where globalization often has undermined peace and justice, and in a time when fear divides the peoples of God's earth. Flags present in the sanctuary represent some of the many nations of this fear divided world. On this day we celebrate Christ, the PRINCE of Peace.