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February 2010

posted Dec 18, 2014, 3:00 PM by Henry McTague

Dear Friends,

The lectionary readings for the last few weeks of January and the first couple weeks in February have included passages from Paul’s letters to the faithful in Corinth. To a community that was obviously having trouble getting along, Paul offered a new way for them to understand themselves – and that was a body. He celebrated with them that they were not all the same, and that each individual brought some particular gift to the community. They were diverse, and according to Paul, that was a very good thing. They were uniform in their belief in Christ and the work that he called them to do, but they would have their own particular ways in which they approached that work and walked the path of discipleship. In using the metaphor of the body, Paul also helped them to celebrate their diversity. He reminded them of their personal human form, and how each part worked together for the benefit of the whole body. Each part was connected – by sinew and tendon, by bone and muscle and skin – and that made them one.

This is so important for us to remember – that as a community we are not all identical, and praise God for that diversity. In this congregation, we are extremely blessed with individuals who are strong capable workers, leaders and followers. Together we make up this Body of Christ, and the fabric of our lives is the more beautiful because of the unique qualities that we each possess. However, that diversity also brings its own challenges if we allow our differences to outshine the beauty of who we are together. “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” (1 Corinthians 12.26)

Let us celebrate what we share in common – the faith in Christ that calls us together and makes us one in his name. Let us acknowledge the strengths that enable us to work so diligently in the name of the One we call Savior. For who we are together is much stronger and more vibrant than the distinctions that make us unique.

Blessings,

Pastor Gail

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