Whenever we gather for worship we affirm our faith in God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As part of our affirmation, we also say that “we believe in the communion of the saints.” This simply means that our lives are tied to a life and faith that precedes our own birth and extends beyond our own death. It means that those who have gone before us are still with us. It means that past generations still count and must be taken into account. It means that we are all in this together – ALL OF US.
As members of First Presbyterian Church of Great Falls, Montana, our lives are touched by those who have gone before us, and we hope that our lives will mean something to those who will come after us. You might say we are part of “a great chain of faith” – “the Body of Christ” as we do our best to hold up our small link of the chain. Or, as the Apostle Paul put it, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:12)
In many ways, being “Christian” is an exercise in memory. The posture of reflection and recollection is essential to our health and future as Christ’s Church. Early Christians had a word for what it means to be lost in this world. That word was “amnesia,” that is, “to forget who you are.”