Sunday School and Sunday Worship

This Week’s Readings

13 March 2018

Reading: 1 Corinthians 12 – 30

One Body with Many Members

12 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.13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[d] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should 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. 16 And if the ear should 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. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.

21 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.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Reflection of the week

1. We are all unique but share a common humanity. To ‘know’ Christ is
to grasp the wonder of the gift of being alive in God. This is a privilege and
responsibility. God has given each of us different gifts, different jobs to do,
different kinds of work – like talking wisely, understanding difficult problems,
being a doctor or nurse, having insight and being able to speak God’s ways,
speaking languages, having trust, being generous, facing martyrdom.
2. All individual gifts are shared for the benefit of humankind. To each of
us God gives his spirit in our hearts in one particular way for the good of
everybody. Individual gifts are important because they are distinctive gifts within
the work of the body. They are all inspired by the one Spirit – God’s presence in
our hearts. When we became friends of Jesus, we became one ‘body’ inspired
by one Spirit, and we all share in that one Spirit.
3. The central gift of Life is Love. Of the many distinctive gifts enjoyed
and exercised in being human, the central gifts are ‘trust, hope, love’. They last
for ever. Love crowns them all. See you put love first. And if you want to know
what love means, look at Jesus.

Prayer of the week

Sending forth

Go in haste!
Never stop walking out of the church room,
out from peace and tranquility, into the noise and discomfort,
out, to laughter and tears.
Carry with you the living bread,
as a treasure in your hands and your heart .
Share it over and over again.
It will always be enough, as long as you continue to break it.

Never stop coming back to this place!
Never arrive empty-handed.
Bring with you the cry that is pressing just behind your lips.
Let it be heard in this room.
Bring with you the hunger that is never stilled,
the fight that is not yet won.
Bring someone who has always been at your side without you knowing it.
Here is the meeting place – in the light of God’s face .

(Hans Olav Moerk, Norway; English translation Kari Veiteberg, from the worship at the Church City Mission in Oslo)