“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. For in the Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12
Recently I spent time with a group of adult learners reading and considering Paul’s metaphor, from 1 Corinthians 12, of how we all belong to the body of Christ. We were encouraged by the guidance of Rowan Williams, that being a disciple of Jesus means remembering and acting on the following two important principles:
1. We are each of equal value to God.
2. We are dependent on each other.
Living out these principles we discover that worshiping together, serving together, and being together as we each share our unique gifts for the good of the whole is rewarding and joyful. RHUMC is a helpful, happy place because so many people are contributing their energies in leadership and support of the ministries we share. We honor each person as important to the community.
Among the valued functions taken up by some members of the body are those who serve in worship
leadership. Greeters, ushers, technicians, singers, and those who guide us through the order of service (liturgists) all help to create a reverent and hospitable environment in which we are helped to turn our hearts and minds toward God. Coming up in early November a training opportunity will be available for any of you who might like, three or four times a year, to dedicate a Sunday morning to serving as a liturgist. Some of you might like to consider taking part; details are elsewhere in this issue of the Cornerstone.
Another way to heighten your awareness of belonging to the body of Christ could be to read and discuss the same book that others in the congregation are reading and discussing. We were engaged and challenged by the memoirs we read over the course of the summer. This fall we return to fiction. I’ll be leading a discussion of “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” by Madeleine Thien on the last Monday of November. (I’m telling you now because it’s a long book!)
As members of the same body, we also pray for one another through the highlights, sorrows, and ordinary days of life. I pray that each of you would experience the nearness of God in these autumn days, and I would be glad for your prayers for my family as we gather in mid-October to celebrate my oldest daughter’s wedding.
I am thankful to be joined to you in the Spirit of grace and love!