Still working on getting back into my rhythm here in the office, but I’m getting there. We ramping up for a good and full July. Emily and the girls return on Monday afternoon. And my paper is almost completed!
The main event of the week is running the fireworks stand. Call the office if you’re interested in helping or knowing more (360-834-2446).
—-preparing for Sunday
Below I’ve added a variety of different passages of Scripture from Paul’s writings that come to mind as I’ve been thinking about the message for this week. What has been ringing in my head and heart is part of a line that is used in Ephesians: “for we are members of one another" (Eph 4:25).
Here are a few other passages with similar threads:
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (1 Cor 12:12–27 NRSV)
“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Eph 4:1–6 NRSV)
As we’ve gone through these various reflections on what it means to be the resurrection community, I am struck by the importance of remembering that in order to fully become the people we are meant to be, we cannot do it in isolation. That we literally need each other in order to grow as people and as followers of Christ.
What does it mean for you to be a "member of one another?"
When has dependence on others been essential to your development as a person?
What has this been very difficult to live out?
Here’s an activity for your prayer and reflection time (you could use this as a journaling prompt):
Have there been certain times, or with certain people and places when you have struggled with the reality of being dependent? When have you rather not been a member of one another? When are those times when you are most prone to abandon or be isolated from others? Consider some of the causes are for that? Consider asking Christ to help you find a space where you feel safe and can enter into this shared dependency again.
See you on Sunday!
PS – I plan to allow some space for sharing around ways that over the last year Camas Friends have been a compelling place for you to be. We are working on our State of the Church Report and want to give some time for feedback on this.