17
MAR
2017

One Body

by Sari Ateek, RectorThe Rev. Sari Ateek, Rector

For the month of March, I am spending the 10 am hour on Sundays with the 10th – 11th grade Journey to Adulthood Class (J2A) in preparation for the confirmation service which is to take place in May at the National Cathedral.

This past Sunday, one of the topics that we explored is the Apostle Paul’s concept of the Body of Christ. “You are the body of Christ,” Paul says, emphasizing the fact that each of us plays a critical and indispensable role in the health and vibrancy of the community of faith:

If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 1 Corinthians 12:15-18

To illustrate the truth in these words, the J2A class participated in a friendly competition in which teams of 4-5 individuals raced to get from one side of Hines Hall to the other and successfully open a closed Bible to 1 Corinthians Chapter 12. The challenge, however (and this took some planning on the part of each team), is that only one person on each team could function as the eyes (the rest were blindfolded); only one person could function as the hands; only one person could speak; and only one person could function as the legs and thus the only one able to touch the ground (this one was a little harder to figure out). I am grateful for the help of J2A teacher Kathy Kemper-Dean who did a marvelous job organizing the game.

The object lesson was clear: we need each other. Each of us has unique gifts to share and a role to play in this beautiful organism that we’re all a part of called the Body of Christ. You are indispensable.

What role do you play in the life of the church? Let us help you find a way to get connected and to use your unique gifts to advance God’s work through the ministry of St. John’s. Please email Anne Derse, Community Life Coordinator, at aderse@stjohnsnorwood.org with your name, phone number (or email address, if you prefer), and area of interest — along with the best time to contact you — and she will be in touch.

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