The word “communion” originally meant “common” – as in having a common belief or common understanding of something.
For a Christian, “communion” has a couple of different aspects. This three-part devotion will explore two of them – fellowship with God and fellowship with each other.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Fellowship in Sports
In the late winter of 1988, I was a first-year student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. On a Friday night, I was lucky enough to score tickets to a hockey game. The St. Louis Blues were hosting my beloved Chicago Blackhawks.
As I’m sure any Chicago fan would, I put on my Blackhawks jersey and went to the game to cheer my team on.
Let’s just say that I was not “in fellowship” with just about everyone else around me. And St. Louis fans were notorious for making life miserable for anyone not a Blues fan.
Being outnumbered about 5000 to 1, I demonstrated a wisdom beyond my years and kept a low profile throughout the game.
But that didn’t help me much at the end. I left the St. Louis arena drenched in the local mass-produced beer (yuck). But I had the sweetest revenge.
The Blackhawks won!
Sports teams have their “fellowships.” Like-minded fans who dress alike and talk alike. They are a “communion” of sorts.
Fellowship in the Church
Furthermore, this tends to happen in the Church as well. Christians hang out with other Christians. But that would be like baseball fans hanging out with other baseball fans.
Therefore, Christians narrow down the fellowship field – Catholics hang out with Catholics, Methodists with Methodists, and – you guessed it – Lutherans tend to hang out with Lutherans.
And while this is part of basic human nature, there is also a spiritual aspect to this as well.
Believers in Jesus Christ tend to congregate, gather together, fellowship, with other believers.
And this is what is called the “Communion of Saints.”
Sometimes the Church is referred to as being invisible because the gift of faith is what makes us part of the Church and you can’t see faith, only the results of faith (which can be faked).
So, in Part 2 we’ll explore more in depth what is meant by “communion of saints.”
Heavenly Father, your infinite love preserves those whom you have gathered. Pour out your tender mercy on your faithful people and bring us together into one flock under our Good Shepherd. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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