Thursday, March 18, 2010

Exodus 1:6-22
Psalms 69, 73
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
Mark 8:27-9:1

“For just as the body is one and has …, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)

When we moved to Sterling four years ago, we did most of the things necessary to fit into our new community. The one thing we didn’t do was to find a church. I dreaded the whole process; the last time we moved, we attended three or four before we found a church we liked. We became very involved, but going to church ended up being more of a chore than a joy. The biggest problem was the congregation did not move as if they were part of the same body or spirit.

It took me about a year to begin our search this time. Our first visit was to St. Matthew’s because it was closest to our home. It was the only church we visited.

One of the lovely things about St. Matthew’s is that it is so diverse – in thoughts, ages, genders and backgrounds. Yet, I think, because of our differences, we do make up one body. Where would we be without all these individual parts? More than the many places of worship I have attended, St. Matthew’s feels like a family – a second home.

I believe the most striking (and telling) characteristic of our church is how many people volunteer. Our diverse talents show in our many acts of service. But it is in the way we do this service that is most amazing, and I think it was best summarized by my son’s words: “The greatest service we do is not with our hands, but our hearts.”

I’m sure each and every one of you has seen people working at the bigger events. However, I think the true beauty of it can only be observed when watching the individuals -- the way we each contribute with our own abilities, the way we each reach and touch the hearts and souls of many -- which in turn, blesses each of us. This trait is not commonplace, and it is something I am proud of and thankful for.


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