In the bell tower of Naulahka Presbyterian Church on Empress Road in Lahore, Pakistan is a bell cast by McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, Maryland in 1875. The church sign that faces the busy road to the main railroad station has this symbol on it:
which you may recognize as the symbol of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Presbyterian Church of Pakistan selected it as their symbol after the PC(USA) adopted the symbol in 1985. “Why did you adopt our symbol?” I asked the moderator of the church. “Because” he said “we are your daughter – we are a part of you! Of course we would use your symbol.”
Today, World Communion Sunday, we reminded ourselves that the church is a world-wide body, not just what we can see. Whether worshipping under a tree in Africa, in a grand cathedral in Europe or in a sleek mega-church in Korea, we are the same church, the same Body, with the same head – Jesus Christ the Righteous. Many people joined us today, including leaders from the United States, Peru and Vietnam. This week’s scripture readings were Psalm 8 and Matthew 28:16-20.