I was asked yesterday, by someone of another congregation, if ours had gotten back into its fall swing yet. I had to pause for a moment, and then respond in the negative. It seems that we are still in summer mode; the time when things slow down and people disengage a bit to rest, recuperate and restore. Sure, the activities have picked up again in September, but our attitude hasn’t kept up. Each Sunday after the worship services I scan the picture board near the mailboxes and wonder where everybody was that week. Some I know are out of town, but for most I have no idea. The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:27 writes; “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” And, in Romans 12:7; ”So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” God has given us, the Church, gifts for building up the body, and calls us to do just that. But, just like with our own bodies, can the body of Christ be healthy and effective when parts are missing? As Christ’s body we are called upon to continue His work of bringing the Gospel to all people, caring for one another along with the world around us, and daily growing closer to our Lord through the study of His Word. God calls us to worship, to come into the presence of Christ to be forgiven and fed, energized and empowered, and then sent back out into the world with His love to dispense. We work best when we are all in it together. It is more difficult to run without feet, reach without hands and speak without a mouth. The body here at St John’s needs all the parts, together, exercising our God given gifts to be effective in our mission and ministry, for the body to be strong and to grow. So, I look forward to seeing all of us together very soon…perhaps this Sunday, without having to see some only on the picture board.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009