The Annual Meeting & The Body of Christ

It’s that time of the year again, graduations: attending parties, yard work and the May annual congregational meeting.  Now, if your first response is, “I don’t want to go to a meeting. Besides, they don’t need me there anyway,” then I encourage you to read on.

BOX 1Paul called the Church the body of Christ,  giving us an image of the church not being a building but of being a living breathing organism, with its breath coming from the Spirit and the pieces of the body coming from the members of the congregation.  Just as the body has many parts, so does the body of Christ.  We each are similar in that the Spirit of God is the author of the many gifts of the community.  I think of our wonderful musicians, the gifted team that worked on the “Open Arms Campaign,” or the dedicated team working on our Statement of Welcome. Each effort relies on the individual God-given gifts of the members of these teams.  We all are Called to follow Jesus when we are baptized, and each week we are fed and nourished at the Lord’s Supper.   We are similar, but we are each also unique.  Each of us bring gifts, those skills and temperaments’ that help us to support the body, and as a result praise God.

Paul says in I Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”  Paul considers it absurd that a part of the body would consider going it alone; that the body would not function as a unit; as a whole.  You see, Paul doesn’t believe that the arrangement of the one body with its many members just happened.  Paul believes this body of Christ has its origin in the one God who is the creator of the universe, and it is this one God who gives us purpose.  In Ephesians, Paul say, “We are the body” and “Christ is the head” and so as a body, God has arranged us each in the position that God chose.  Each being of great value.  From the beginning of time, God has mixed us together to care for one another, to suffer with one another, and to rejoice with one another.  That is what the body of Christ does when we live in community.

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This body of Christ, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, uses its body to share God’s love.  You are needed this Sunday after the 10:00 worship service to attend the annual meeting of the congregation.  During this time we will rejoice together in how this body loves. We will support one another as we follow the Spirit’s call to change and move forward.  We will care for one another as we make decisions and remain faithful to God’s call to each part of the body.

This is not just another meeting.  This is responding to God’s baptismal call in your life to be a part of the congregational decision-making.  You are part of the body of Christ!

Pastor Pam Schroeder

 

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