Almost thirty years ago, a group of pop singers came together to record a song whose proceeds would benefit those facing famine in Africa. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie and recorded by the top artists. It sold over 20 million copies and all of the proceeds went to relieve famine. Many of us know the name of the song, "We Are the World." The video of the many artists singing was a little surreal - especially seeing someone like Bob Dylan singing next to Diana Ross. If those names mean nothing to you, sorry about that! The chorus repeated the line "We are the world!" It was a good attempt at trying to respond to a very real crisis.
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. While we will not have any pop stars (that I know of) gathering in our Chapel to sing Sunday, we will be joining together at 11:00 a.m. with our sister congregation - The New Vision Korean Presbyterian Church - to sing songs with both know to the glory of God. All around the world, Christians will be worshiping and celebrating the Lord's Supper as a reminder that we are all connected as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Here at Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, we have the privilege of actually worshiping with Christians who may speak a different language from ours and are often born in another country. Yet, in spite of these differences, we worship the same Lord! For one hour this Sunday, we are trying to live out what it means to be "one in Christ."
I will be preaching on the final "Great End of the Church" and what it means for us to exhibit the kingdom of heaven here on this earth. After the service, we are all invited to gather in our Friendship Hall for a shared meal of Korean food and side dishes and desserts brought by our own folks. Last year's meal was a feast and a great time of fellowship. You will not want to miss it! It will be our way to show others what we mean as Christians when we say, "We are the world!"