Sunday, 25 October 2015

Peacing Together

Last week, Miriam and the young people led a great Family Service looking at the Church, and using Ephesians 4 and other passages, to remind us we are all part of the body and have different roles.

As well as watching a brilliant drama, we were each given a jigsaw piece. We had to write on it our name, and the thing that was our ‘passion’, the thing that we felt particularly involved in, or gifted for, in the life of the church. The pieces were stuck down by the children, but Miriam stressed that they were not going to attempt to join them up – as it is God who puts us in the places where He wants us to serve.


I confess to being quite relieved that my piece ended up near Bobs – and smiled to see that we both put down preaching as our passion!


I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; … But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it… Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

…Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become, in every respect, the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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