In Touch – November 1, 2013
Posted on November 1, 2013 by under Touché,

Q. What do you understand by “the communion of saints”? 

A. First, that believers one and all, as members of this community, share in Christ and in all his treasures and gifts.

Second, that each member should consider it a duty to use these gifts readily and joyfully for the service and enrichment of the other members.                       (Q and A 55 Heidelberg Catechism)

I have driven home in a new car given to me for use by a saint in Michigan.  I have eaten well this week through meals provided by saints that have kept me well fed.  I have met this week with many saints who have worked through tough times and have spoken to encourage me and our family through this journey with Andrew.  This Sunday we will stand and celebrate with the saints those saints who have departed this life and moved into the nearer presence of God.

This will be a powerful “All Saints” Sunday because I have seen the work of the church and the saints of God in a new and powerful way as our family has been carried along by the prayers and very tangible support of people helping us in this time of need.  It is the church being the church.

The Heidelberg Catechism, four hundred and fifty years ago, put it well in the question and answer above.  I have seen the saints sharing freely and generously with each other.

The Apostles’ Creed more simply summed it up almost two thousand years ago: I believe in the communion of the saints.

I have seen it lived out in the last two months like I have never known it before.