Part of what it means is that those who believe in and follow Jesus right now are part of something much larger than themselves, something which stretches all the way back through the whole history of God’s people, and all the way forward into the future God’s kingdom. Those who believe in and follow Jesus are part of something which includes every single person, around the world, throughout history, living or dead, that has ever or will ever come to believe in Jesus, as well as all those who, long before Jesus was even born, looked forward to what God would ultimately do in and through Jesus. This includes people like Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the prophets. That’s the ‘communion’ part.
In the very same way that we share the bread and wine (from one cup) and/or the blessing of fellowship during Communion on Sunday morning the whole of our lives as Christians, as deeply personal as much of it may be, is ultimately something we share with many, many, many others.
The communion of saints also includes of course all those whose faith and devotion and courage and miraculous spiritual gifts have led them to be given special recognition in the Church. These are the superstar saints who have even been special days each year on which we are invited to remember and celebrate the ways in which God worked through them. This includes folks like St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Mary, all the St. Johns, and many, many others.
But the communion of saints also includes countless “unknown” saints – unknown to us but known to God – through whom God was also at work to bring about his purposes of justice and mercy and love. And it includes those saints who are known only to us, the people in our lives who, however imperfectly, have drawn us closer to God and helped us come to know Jesus and encouraged us to follow him.
And finally, the communion of saints includes us.
In the New Testament every single Christian is referred to as a saint, including the often misguided and even sinful ones to whom St. Paul first wrote his letters. St. Paul calls them all “saints” and says they have all been made able by God in Christ “to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians1:12).
So this All Saints Day (Nov. 1st) let’s remember and give thanks for everyone whose faith and love, however imperfect, has touched our lives. And let’s celebrate the gospel truth, which is that though we may no longer see these saints we are still very much one with them in Jesus Christ and one day will be reunited with them in a resurrection just like his
The youth groups will be enjoying either the Corn Maze in Salisbury or the Hospital of Horrors in West Saint John depending on the weather. Please contact Dan (636-2026) or Jessie (645-9418) for more information.
Messy Church is November 27th. We are looking for lots of helping hands. Many hands make lights work. Please contact Jessie if your interested in helping some way.
The youth programs need a few more helpers. Please prayerfully consider if you could assist with the program on one or more Sunday.
- 11 Dec – 1 person needed
Younger Sunday School (K-5)
- 13 Nov – 1 person needed
- 20 Nov – 1 person needed
Older Sunday School
- 6 Nov – 1 person needed
- 13 Nov – 1 person needed
- 27 Nov – 2 people needed
- 4 Dec – 2 people needed
- 11 Dec – 2 people needed
- 18 Dec – 2 people needed