“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.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
There’s an exciting thing happening in the church. Actually, in four churches.
In downtown Sydney, NS there are three United Church of Canada congregations and one United Baptist congregation worshiping together. They’ve been doing so since last November, sharing a building, clergy and fellowship. It’s going pretty well!
Well, I guess it’s going better than that…. they have embarked on the process of amalgamation.
Four congregations which were struggling a year ago with buildings beyond their means, bills which looked out of reach, struggling to find ministry personnel, etc., etc., etc….
And now, they are discovering they can come together. They can worship together. They can share in meals. They can share in… *gasp*… ministry!
They, who once thought they were alone have realized they aren’t all that different. In fact, they may even be complementary to each other in the gifts, skills and resources they bring together.
Different parts! One body! Just as Paul told the Corinthian church.
God is at work here. And it is exciting!