Lend an Ear to Become Part of the Body

By Kim Ogle, Associate Pastor

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about each of us being part of the body of Christ. He’s talking about the parts of the church—apostles, prophets, teachers, miracle workers, healers, helpers, leaders and linguists. This list is almost at the end of that chapter. It is part of the letter in which he refers to church as “one body with many parts.”

St. Mark’s (both campuses) has people who fit into one or more of these parts. Thankfully, we don’t all have the same gifts. Sometimes, though, we have occasions to let one gift shine more than another. On another occasion, that gift may stand out more than it had previously. For instance, I can be either a helper or a leader. I don’t mind leading, but if someone has a better way of accomplishing a goal, I’m happy to slide into the helper role.

Some of you, whether you recognize it or not, might actually be healers, who are sometimes referred to as miracle workers as well. If you are a person in the medical and mental health fields, you’ve already acknowledged that gift. For some of us, our healing comes through visiting others who need comfort and conversation. If you’ve ever been sick or injured you remember how much it meant to you to receive a hospital visit, a phone call, or a card.

On Oct. 29, we will have a time to chat and learn more about a Care Team. If you have already been on a team, please come so I know how many are continuing. If you’ve never been on a team but think what I’ve described above might be among your gifts, please come to the Magee Campus at 11:30 a.m., so that we can get to know each other and organize a few teams.

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27

Pastor Kim

• 8:30 and 10 a.m. Traditional service in Magee Campus sanctuary and child care in Rm 15
• 10 a.m. Modern service at Sanctuary Campus
• 10 a.m. Magee Campus youth and children’s Sunday School (except fifth Sundays) and child care
• 10 a.m. Traditional service livestream premieres on YouTube and Website

Worship online at 10 a.m. on Sundays at umcstmarks.org/live-worship or YouTube UMC St. Mark’s AZ. You can also watch the service at a later time.