Bulletin Insert – February 11, 2018

World Mission Sunday

On February 11, 2018, the Episcopal Church will celebrate World Mission Sunday.

Traditionally, World Mission Sunday falls on the last Sunday in Epiphany each year and is a time when the church comes together to focus on the global impact of our baptismal call to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 305).

The theme of World Mission Sunday this year is Building Bridges Beyond Ourselves.

The Episcopal Church is a member of the Anglican Communion, a family of churches consisting of 39 provinces with millions of members in over 165 countries. We are connected by our shared faith and tradition. Today is a day to pray for those with whom we are in relationship, and to reflect upon the global context of our Church. We are called to live in community, and our community stretches far beyond the walls of any building or the borders of any country. The Office of Global Partnerships supports and nurtures relationships between individuals, congregations, dioceses, and our brothers and sisters across the Anglican Communion.

In his sermon written for today, the Rev. David Copley, Director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel for the Episcopal Church, tells us, “On World Mission Sunday, we are reminded that we are all called by God to live a life of reconciliation—reconciliation with God and with one another—and there has been no more urgent a time to participate in God’s mission than today.”

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reminds us, “World Mission Sunday is about how we, as followers of Jesus, work together with people across the globe to help to make this world something closer to God’s dream for all of God’s children.”

Resources for World Mission Sunday, including sermons and ideas for encouraging global mission, are available at episcopalchurch.org/worldmissionsunday. For more information about World Mission Sunday or the Office of Global Partnerships, please contact Jenny Grant, Officer for Global Relations and Networking, at jgrant@episcopalchurch.org.

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