I often find myself sitting in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s; sitting and reflecting, praying and listening, spending time alone with God. It is one of my favorite times. As I have spent time in our sanctuary I can’t help but admire the stained glass adorning the altar area. Stained glass has always been so inspiring to me, the colors, the shapes, the textures, and even the smell of the old window frames; so many different identities of each pane come together to make a wonderful, amazing image.
In the year 50 CE, seventeen years after his call to ministry, Paul arrived in Corinth. He then stayed in Corinth for about a year and a half, nurturing and calling on the church. In the late winter of 53-54 Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians. In the 12th chapter Paul is calling out to the Corinthians that the church is made up of not one, but many members, all having their gifts and talents. Paul uses the imagery of the human body to explain this concept,
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” -1 Corinthians 12:12
Paul goes on to say,
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” –1 Corinthians 12:27
Like the body of Christ, and that of stained glass, we, the body of the church, work together to form ministry. Ministry and church programing are the hard working result of the people, along with the pastors, of the church. If one stained glass pane is cracked or one part of the body is broken, the entire piece is at risk of failure. Therefore we must work hand in hand, side by side for our children’s ministry to come to life.
This Sunday we have the opportunity to discuss and create a ministry that each of us can use our gifts while preparing young disciples. We will be having a Children’s Ministry gathering following worship this Sunday, lunch will be provided. This gathering will be to discuss the ever growing ministry to children here at St. Paul and what that may look like in the days, months, and years to come.
I invite each you to come eat, and discuss with us this Sunday. I look forward to seeing you there.
Tim Boyer, Director of Student Ministries