Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to 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 were to 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… Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. – 1 Corinthians 12:14-18, 27

It is wonderful when a lection like this one occurs on the weekend of an annual congregational meeting. Annual congregational meetings are times when we gather together and celebrate the year gone by, but also to look forward to the coming year. It is at such times as these that we are able to see the many things the congregation does together. One should realize that it is something that is done together and not just individually. It took many perspectives, skills, and gifts working together to make all of those big accomplishments happen. 

I can declare that over this past year, I have seen the evidence that St Paul is indeed the body of Christ. I have seen many different individuals with different gifts working together to further the kingdom of God in our midst. I will share more in my annual report on Sunday, but I will say now that it is humbling to be called to such a great congregation. I am excited to see the things that we will accomplish in 2019.

See you on Sunday for our annual meeting!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Paul+

1 reply
  1. Roger Williams says:

    Looking forward to the morning service, the food and fellowship, and the annual meeting to follow!

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