Guests from Houston's Sister City, Leipzig, German, and from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston’s Rice Village will celebrate World Communion Sunday together at St. Paul’s at the 11:05 service on October 4.
Dr. Robert Moore, senior pastor at Christ the King Church, will preach and join in co-presiding at the Communion Table with Rev. Tommy Williams. St. Paul’s Choir and the Church Choir of Christ the King Church will sing together with the directors alternating playing the organ and conducting.
Music during communion will be the Bach Cantata No. 169, “Gott soll allein mein Herze haben” (“God alone shall have my heart”) for solo alto, strings, oboes, and chamber organ, presented by musicians from Leipzig’s Music Conservatory and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
Since being adopted by the predecessor of the National Council of Churches in 1940, World Communion Sunday has grown into an international ecumenical celebration of Christian unity.
This October 4 service with the Lutherans at St. Paul’s also supports the action taken by both church bodies in 2009 when they entered into a “full communion” covenant. That covenant was initially celebrated locally in a worship service at St. Paul’s on January 17, 2010, at which the bishops and other ministers from both traditions presided.
The Lord Mayor of Leipzig, the honorable Burkhard Jung, will bring a greeting to worshipers at the October 4 service. The relationship between the two cities has grown on numerous levels, including the sister relationship between the congregations of St. Thomas church, Leipzig, and Christ the King Lutheran Church.
“Joining together in worship is a visible sign of Christian unity in a world divided on many fronts. We are so pleased to witness to a better way of living and being community together,” said Rev. Williams. “Come join us at 11:05 a.m. as we worship with our Lutheran neighbors, from here and abroad.”