Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” We recently read these words from Paul’s letter to the Romans in church. It is one of my favorite metaphors for the church: the body of Christ. We all serve our own function as members of the body, but we are needed and important to make the whole body work.
We see this in our own lives as a community of faith. It takes many people, with different gifts, serving various roles for our church to function as the body of Christ ought. Altar guild, flower delivery, worship assistants, singers, ushers, acolytes, coffee makers—all go into our Sunday morning gatherings.
But the church is not just Sunday morning. We also have teachers and learners, caregivers, advocates, gardeners and food preppers. As fall begins, many of our ministries that may have been in hibernation for the summer kick into full gear. I encourage you to consider getting involved in one of our many service opportunities through Social Ministry like the garden, serving at the Life Center or Food Pantry, or packaging some meals for Aid for Friends. Or think about joining us for a learning or fellowship time, like Women’s Christian Fellowship, We All Have Questions, or Pub Theology.
While it takes many different energies, interests, and talents for the whole church to function, sometimes it’s the most fun to use the whole body in one activity. This Rally Day, September 10th, we will be having a churchwide service project. Following the 9:30 service, we will package 10,000 meals to help fight hunger around the globe. There is something for everyone to do to help: measuring ingredients, sealing bags, packing boxes. All ages are welcome! Afterwards, we will share our annual church picnic together.
Your gifts, talents, and inspirations are a unique and important part of you. By sharing them with others, you make the body of Christ more complete. It is my hope that we can all find ways to express our gifts at St. Paul’s, and in the other areas of our life, that together we will better appreciate the fullness of God’s creation.