Sunday Reflection: It’s hard not to read Paul’s letter to the Corinthians 1:10-18 without thinking of how applicable this message is to any church in the 21st century. Christians are humans and we disagree on many things even within a single denomination. Paul’s organization in this letter to the young church in Corinth is so important, first reminding the people that they are brothers and sisters—a family now, and then reminding them in whose name they are united: Jesus.
For the church in Corinth to be strong and healthy, the basis of their unity is in the mind and purpose of Jesus. That’s different than urging people to agree with one another in an accord of their own. Paul continuously points to Jesus, telling the Good News, and reminding the people that it’s the Good News of Jesus Christ, not of his own ministry. He keeps pointing to the cross because if the people will only look to him, their unity will fall apart when he is not present.
Paul knows that he must pay attention to many places where gentiles will hear his message, because he believes that he must invite everyone into the Body of Christ. That is the mission that God has called him to, a mission of inclusivity! Paul powerfully reminds the church members: it’s not his (Paul’s) church. Nor is it Apollos’ nor Cephas’ church. The church is the Body of Christ.
- What are some ways in which your church may have disagreements, and how might you come to a meeting of the minds?
- What does Paul mean in V. 18 when he says “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”?
- Paul urges the people to be united and in the same mind and in the same purpose. What is that purpose?
(From: Sermon that Works)
I have received a couple of requests to restart a bible study group in our parish. In consultation with the people’s warden and some parishioners, we will offer a mid-week gathering. One of the designs would be a bible study get together. Further details will be shared to you soon. Any suggestions are welcome.
You may be aware of that in the past, we have had medical emergencies in our parish. Parish Council members have discussed purchasing an Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.) for our church. It will be included in our 2020 Parish budget. If you wish to donate towards this project, the parish will be grateful for your contribution. Then, we will conduct training on how to use an A.E.D.
On behalf of Donna and Mike, we would like to thank you all for the prayers and support you have shown them during the difficult times in their lives. Also, to those who attended the memorial service of Linda.
I invite members of our parish to serve in the leadership team of St. Michael’s. Should you feel called to this ministry, you can talk to the Wardens or contact me at your convenience at, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Venerable Louie Engnan, Rector