|If you and I had been alive on May 12, 1836, here’s what our world would look like… |
And here we are in the year 2011, inheritors of such a grand tradition and storied history. First Congregational Church has seen its share of joys and sorrows, victories and defeats, gains and losses.
|The numbers of people worshipping on Sundays has grown and dwindled numerous times. Yet, we are still here — testimony to the continuing grace of God and the devotion of those who call this church “home.” |
As we begin to celebrate our 175th year, however, I am reminded of a documentary film I saw long ago which detailed a revival of religious fervor which swept through the country of Wales in the early 20th century, filling churches and changing lives.
The film then moved on to an interview with a man who returned to Wales after years of service as a missionary to find the churches nearly empty and hymns only sung by spectators at soccer games with no clue as to the meaning of the words.
The film was called “God Has No Grandchildren.” The Christians in Wales thought their faith could be an inheritance to the next generation. But it doesn’t work that way. It hasn’t worked that way here at FCC. We have inherited an illustrious heritage and the most beautiful church building in town. But we have not inherited our faith like some family heirloom. Those who came before us lived faithfully and gave us examples to follow so that we might choose for ourselves to follow Jesus.
So as we commemorate 175 years of discipleship, let’s remember that God has no grandchildren. Our faithfulness today is the legacy we have to pass along. The future of FCC is not in the hands of some future generation. It’s in our hands — right here, right now.