First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green

We are a community of believers who worship and serve God in a changing world. Our congregation fosters relationships with Bowling Green University faculty, students and staff. We welcome and affirm persons of every race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, family status, economic status, and physical, mental, or emotional ability into full participation in our faith community.

  Sunday Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
" No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” - John 15:13  
World Communion Sunday
October 2, 2016
     The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration. One is not to go hungry while another is drunk! (I Cor. 11:21). This is scandalous behavior opposed to the Way of Christ. Thus it is appropriate that World Communion Sunday is also a time when we receive the annual Peace and Global Witness Offering (Peacemaking) as a way of continuing the ancient Christian practice of sharing what we have with brothers and sisters in need.
     World Communion Sunday is a gift of the Presbyterian Church to the larger ecumenical church. The first celebration occurred at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1933 where Dr. Hugh Thompson Kerr served as pastor. When asked how the idea of World Communion Sunday spread from that first service to the world wide practice of today the reply was,
“The concept spread very slowly at the start. It was during the Second World War that the spirit caught hold because we were trying to hold the world together. World Wide Communion symbolized the effort to hold things together, in a spiritual sense. It emphasizes that we are one in the Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Dr. Donald Craig Kerr.

Celebration of World Wide Communion Sunday was adopted as a denominational practice in the Presbyterian Church (US) in 1936. Today, World Communion Sunday is celebrated around the world, demonstrating that the church founded on Jesus Christ peacefully shares God-given goods in a world increasingly destabilized by globalization and global market economies based on greed.
Presbyterians lead up to World Communion Sunday with a “Season of Peace” during the month of September.  On Oct. 2 we will receive our denomination’s “Peace and Global Mission” offering. Our church will use 25% of this offering to offer classes and events which explore the topic of “white privilege” - a cutting edge peacemaking topic.  The book, Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.” by Debby Irving will be the anchor for this important study and conversation.  Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the PCUSA General Assembly, has urged the entire denomination to read this book and then talk about it in various settings and groups, and we are following her suggestion. The Session is reading this book and we are encouraging the entire congregation to read it as well.

           At General Assembly, the two of us learned of a national network of “Earth Care” churches, who have committed to better stewardship of our world and environment through their church practices.   They have produced great resources and guides to assist churches and church members in this area.  Our church already takes these issues seriously – we’ve just completed an “energy audit” which is showing us how to use less energy to run our church.
We know this is a deep matter of the heart for some of you, and we’re interested in gathering a “green team” to help our church move forward.  If you sense a calling to be part of an FPC Green Team, please email or call either of us.  Revs. Gary and Mary Jane

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Office Hours: Closed-Monday; 9-4 Tues.-Thurs.; 9-3 Friday
Closed for Lunch-Tues.-Thurs. 12:30-1:30 pm
Church Phone: 419/352-5176;  Church Fax: 419/352-8808

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