Prayer: Dear God, we are one body with many parts; different gifts but one purpose - to be your church in this world. Direct our energy to serve. Amen
Reading: I Corinthians 12: 12-31a (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: The beginning verses of I Corinthians 12 talk of everyone having different gifts from the Spirit all given for the common good. Verse 12 to the end of the chapter is the familiar One Body with Many Members lesson using the human body to describe the church. You can get along without eyes but would have to make adjustments, however, eyes without a body are useless.
My church could get along without a webmaster but the week I recycle the newsletter and forget if it is my turn to bake Communion bread, I am glad I can easily check on-line. And perhaps the webmaster is glad to have an outlet for all that techie energy.
My church could get along without my bread as there is always a stash of wafers but fresh baked is nice for all. And I am glad to have an outlet for all my kneading energy.
-- Ruth Gates
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