Grace and peace to each of you! I’m glad to share the happy news with you that in worship this Sunday we will be welcoming new members to the church! Dr. John Deo, Dr. Elizabeth (Liz Franzman) Deo, and their daughter Annamarie Deo, who have been worshiping with us for some time, will be received into membership. I know you will give them a warm CCC welcome!
The church has often been called Christ’s Body, as we read in this epistle lesson.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
One Body with Many Members
12 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. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ 22On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and those members of the body that we think less honourable we clothe with greater honour, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, 25that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
Christ’s Body at CCC is made up of members with various gifts. Because we are a relatively small body, member-wise, it is important that every member use their gifts for the building up of the body. As you have been informed, CCC leadership positions will need to be filled in the very near future. You may be contacted and asked to be a candidate. I urge you, after prayerfully considering your response, to say ‘Yes’!
In addition, Amended By-Laws that you will be voting on at our February 13th Annual Meeting will provide different opportunities for members to be involved in the mission of the church. I hope you will consider where your gifts could best be used, that you might find joy and meaning in your service.
We are at a turning point this year at CCC with exciting possibilities for the future.
Your gifts are needed now more than ever. May God open your eyes to see how you can best share what you have to offer Christ’s Body as we represent Him in the world.
In Christ’s love,
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