Pastor’s Corner – October 2021
In the third article of the Apostle’s Creed we say “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints…”
We are reminded that there is a wholeness and diversity in the catholic church: Presbyterians, UCCers, Methodists, Pentecostals, Baptists, Mennonites, Disciples, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and many more.
All these have different histories. They meet in chapels, homes, cathedrals, open fields, under tents, stadiums, huts, theaters, storefronts, a variety of rented quarters from bars to funeral homes. They meet in a variety of ways but still confess the same Lord.
The one body of the holy catholic church lives in communion with all who are connected to Christ—past, present and future.
We gather to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we celebrate that our table is connected to the whole company of heaven and to all the company on earth. This could either be the most ridiculous concept in all the world, or the most profound. It seems ridiculous because it suggests that in the body of Christ time and space do not exist.
The congregation to which we belong is important, for this is where Christ takes on flesh in this time. We believe that it is the Spirit of God that binds us in this particular space to the whole church on earth. We are called to give thanks for the Spirit who holds this body together.
As we move forward, pray for the unity of the church, and for the Spirit to remove all barriers that divide us.
As always, I invite your comment.