World Fellowship Sunday, January 22, 2012: Hands Reaching Across Borders

Weltgemeinschaftssonntag  Dimanche de la fraternit√© mondiale  

Domingo de la Fraternidad Mundial


 

Letter to congregations       Worship Suggestions

Why celebrate World Fellowship Sunday?

Because of our theology, we Anabaptist Christians tend to focus on our local congregations. It is here that we experience what it means to be and to live as the body of Christ. Sometimes, though, we forget that we also belong to other Anabaptist-related congregations in our neighbourhoods and beyond. Indeed, the church includes congregations of other Christian confessions near and far in the world-wide Christian fellowship.

 We are familiar with the large global assemblies of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC), which take place every six years. Some of us have even taken part. World Fellowship Sunday brings the entire Mennonite and Brethren in Christ communities to our own congregations at home.

The MWC worship materials published each year help us to celebrate the world-wide fellowship and to learn more about it. While key parts of it are included here, more can be found at the MWC website at:www.mwc-cmm.org. The website also offers a wealth of information on Mennonites and Brethren in Christ around the world.

In May 2011, delegates of the MWC General Council will meet just after the Mennonite European Regional Conference (MERK) in Switzerland. The motto of the 2012 MERK is "Hands Reaching Across Borders", which has also been chosen as the theme of Mennonite World Fellowship Sunday.

We hope that the celebration of World Fellowship Sunday will whet your appetite for the next global assembly of MennoniteWorld Conference in July 2015 in Pennsylvania, USA.

Rainer Burkart, Germany, member of the MWC Executive Committee