Reflections 1st August 2010 – The Body of Christ

Last Saturday (24th July) was our (the Vierow’s) first experience of the fabled St Paul’s Market. I say, “fabled” because Maurie and I had been hearing about the Market, from a number of sources, for some time before our arrival in the parish. It is a little hard to imagine the size of the market and how it could all come together when St Paul’s has relatively few members… and so few under the age of 60!
Well, I have to say, we were amazed and heartened by what was achieved by the efforts of our new parish family.
Now, I know all didn’t go smoothly… there were little hiccoughs along the way! People were tired and tempers were sometimes slightly frayed… but, because people were willing to pitch in, use their individual gifts and work together, the Market Day was a brilliant success, bringing glory to God and enabling us to continue God’s work.
Week by week, at the “Peace” we proclaim, by word, that “We are the Body of Christ, His Spirit is with us!” and, on the weekend our actions bore witness to this truth.
Are all cooks? Are all baristas? Are all overseers or organisers? Do all manage accounts, spruik or embroider garments? NO! But together we do all these things and more!
St Paul writes of our need to let go of our individual pride (Colossians 2:16-19) saying (Ephesians 15-16) we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
Individually we may not seem bug, or strong, or powerful but, bound together in Christ we can do great things for His kingdom.
Blessings Rev Shan