World Fellowship Sunday 2019
Mennonite World Conference (MWC) has invited Anabaptist-related churches around the world to observe World Fellowship Sunday on Jan. 20, 2019, a day to connect with our global Anabaptist family. The theme is for 2019 is, “Justice on the Journey: Migration and the Anabaptist Story.”
Many churches choose to celebrate on the Sunday closest to 21 January, the date in 1525 when Christians in Zurich, Switzerland, held a baptismal service that launched the renewal movement known today as Anabaptism.
In the resources provided by MWC, a letter to congregations says, “World Fellowship Sunday is an opportunity to remind our communities of faith that we are all part of one body made up of many tribes, languages and nations (Revelation 7:9). It is an invitation to visibly proclaim that now there is no discrimination among us on the basis of race, social status or gender (Galatians 3:28). It is a special day on which to show that we are living a new life in a new society where we mutually support one another, carry those who suffer, serve the world and interdependently learn from one another what it means to follow Jesus. On this day, we celebrate that, in Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, the cultural and national boundaries that separate us have been overcome by the cross.”
I encourage you to promote World Fellowship Sunday in your congregation. Let’s take advantage of this organized day to celebrate our Anabaptist heritage!
Don Morris, USMB National Director