LESSONS: 1 Corinthians 12:12-21,26
MESSAGE: This Unfamiliar Body
When Paul wrote to the congregations that made up the early church he used this seemingly simple illustration of the whole church being like a body. But the body is anything but simple. My five-year-old daughter is learning basics about human biology and even glancing at the materials made for preschoolers I realize just how much I don’t know about what’s going on inside of me! Likewise, our bodies operate on their own, are difficult to manage when we are sick, and we are somewhat betrayed or alienated by them when we are struggling with major health concerns. In our complicated and interconnected world, with an additional two thousand years of church history, it feels like this comparison of faith community to physical body is actually pretty timely.
With all of its challenges, the body is also a beautiful wonder. It’s full of diverse pieces that work as a whole, and ripple with echoes of the divine. This Sunday, I’ll share some of my experiences with this big crazy body we call the church. I hope that this will give some context to our walk together during this interim time. I’m looking forward to hearing your stories of how the community of UPA fits together and seeing the ways that you have been wondrously made.
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Prelude on the Fifth Tone” Jullien
Meditation: “Precious Lord, take my hand” Dorsey Solo: Marina Khankhalaeva, mezzo soprano
Postlude: “Earth and All Stars” Johnson