“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 one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 12:12
Paul, writing to the church in Corinth, as they were struggling with their identity as individuals and as followers of Jesus. There was controversy over whose gifts were more valuable: were preachers more important than teachers; were those who spoke in tongues more important than those who provided food and shelter; were those who established the order in the community and ran the worship more important than those who quietly prayed with and for the community. Were Jews more important than Greeks or other gentiles–was the message to be kept for those whose heritage was Judaism, or was it to be shared across cultures. The age old game of who’s in, and who’s out, and whogets to decide–and who gets the places of honor.
Paul reminds us that we are all art of that one Body–the Body of Christ–and each has particular gifts and value. We thrive best when we work together, each for the benefit of all.
This Sunday St Thomas, along with many other Episcopal Churches across the country, will have its Annual Meeting. It is a requirement of Canon law that each parish and mission in the Episcopal Church have such a meeting once each year, for the purpose of electing officials for the parish (vestry, delegates, and representatives) and conducting the business of the parish–hearing reports of activities, and financial information.
Mainly, though, this is an opportunity for the parish to be together, in one place, at one time to celebrate the bonds we share, and affirm our plans for the coming year: how will we be most fully the Body of Christ that is St Thomas Church in 2019 and beyond. Each one of us is important and valuable in this Body–plan to come and be part of worship and meeting this Sunday!
Let us pray:
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that
we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and Blessings,