Lesson 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Message “Divisions in the body”
This week, we are looking at part of the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, in which he addresses the early church in Corinth as it was finding itself having a difficult time staying unified. The church in Corinth was made of several small house gatherings and was likely smaller than the membership at UPA. It’s an interesting text to sit with as we head into our own season of annual meetings, where the nature of the UPA federation of two churches comes to the fore. This text comes to us at Epiphany, as we are encouraged to see a revelation in who Christ is. And though this text seems to be about the way that the church is organized, it makes a deep theological point about the church: that it is, at its core, the body of Christ.
Paul was making the point that the body should not be divided, and yet, from our modern biological understanding, we see just how divided into different parts and functions our body is. Perhaps that might be an interesting starting point see our interaction with the two founding congregations/denominations that make up UPA. How can we be made richer in our understanding of unity as we parse out differences and diversity? And what would a faithful response to difference look like when we come at matters of faith from different angles with those either sitting next to us in the pews, or a part of a different congregation far away?
May we all come to a sense of connectedness in our faith and mission.
Blessings and peace,
Prelude “Butterfly Lovers 梁祝” Gang Chen 陈钢 Special guest, Jackie Wang, piano 王佳怡
Anthem “The New 23rd”
Meditation “What Wondrous Love” Southern folk hymn, arr. Jordan
Postlude “Leggiero in B-flat” Blake
Rock band “Great Things” Phil Wickham
Please join us this week as we continue on our faith journey.
Will be looking at how we are all loved by God in Paul’s “United in Christ” message using 1 Corinthians 1:10-18. Pei will also be teaching music.
will be having a service Sunday helping New Day Syria.
We hope to see you there.
9 o’Clock Choir
Rehearsal are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am. Child care will be provided from 8:45am through the end of worship service. It will be a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday. Please join us! – Allen LeVines, Director of Music