Tonight was our first service together in 2009. As a faith family we boldly step into this year knowing that God is the same. 2009 is in many ways like a brand new sheet of paper– the beginning of a new notebook! How exciting to have so many new opportunities to serve God!
Tonight we opened God’s word to find out what we would write on this clean slate we are given. We drew a body! It is a very simple body but it is drawn as a symbol to remember the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:12&13: “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free– and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”
Every part is important. Every part is needed. Every part is valuable. We all belong. Together we are stronger. These were the main ideas that we discussed.
I couldn’t help but think of pennies as I prepared for this evening. Pennies are our least coins, and because of that, too often we are careless with them. We leave them in our pockets and throw them through the wash. By themselves pennies seem like they can’t do very much. We can’t buy anything for a penny– in fact a penny seems useless. That thinking is backwards. I need to think of what the pennies become when they are collected and held together as a group. Once I have 100 I suddenly have a dollar. This seems a lot more significant. Yet now when I stop to consider the worth it is suddenly worth more. Now if I remove a penny it lessons the value of what is in the group. A penny is actually very important.
Sometimes we treat ourselves or one another as we treat pennies. We often act as though some people don’t matter as much as others. We get down on ourselves and think that we aren’t worth much. That is not true. When we read 1 Corinthians 12 we are reminded how very important we are. We all belong! When we do not work together with the other parts of the body we lesson what it can do.
Tonight we closed by taking a penny as a reminder of “the least coin”. We need to remember that we are not meant to work apart from one another. We need to work as a unit– made up of separate parts– but only 1.
“We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord”!