October 22, 2017

Romans 12:4-8

4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

 

The DIY (Do It Yourself) trend has become increasingly popular in the last 10 years.  The phrase first became popular in the 1950’s when a growing numbers of homeowners began to take on home improvements and maintenance.  But in recent years the DIY movement has grown and expanded as more and more people are taking on projects of all kinds; building, modifying, and repairing all sorts of things without the direct aid of experts or professionals.  Just search for “DIY” on Youtube and you will find thousands of videos on how to do just about anything, all by yourself!

Unfortunately the DIY movement has also expanded into the realm of faith and spirituality. And at first glance Luther’s teaching on “The Priesthood of All Believers” might seem to support the notion that our relationship with God is purely a personal thing, something mediated solely between the individual and God, something we can do all by our self. However that is not the heart of what Luther taught. While he certainly supported the idea that all Christians had access to God through Christ he did not teach that each of us might be our own priest!  In fact it was just the opposite, Luther insisted that each of us are to be priests for each other, that the body of Christ was re-membered for that explicit purpose.  In baptism each and every Christian has been given unique gifts and called to use those gifts in the ministry of the Gospel.  Together, with the strength and variety of every gift, we are called to pray for each other, to serve each other, to share the good news with each other, and to share the presence of God in each other.  Christianity is just not something that an individual can do, Christianity is at its very heart a corporate faith, one that can only be lived out and experienced in a community of faith.  Luther did not teach “The  Priesthood of the Believer” but rather, “The Priesthood of All Believers.”

There’s a lot of things we can do by ourselves but Christianity is not one of them!  So go to Youtube when you need to repair the washer, replace a turn indicator on your car, or create a miracle spot remover for that pet stain on the carpet.  But when it comes to abundant life, to meaning and purpose, to Love and to faith, – go to church!

 

      1. Remember Me

 

 

Remember me
When I remember you
Gather up all the broken-ness
As only you can do
When we remember you

 

I am so weak
I need someone who’s strong
My heart is so empty
For true love I long
I need someone who’s strong

 

Remember me
When I remember you
Gather up all the broken-ness
As only you can do
When we remember you

 

I am on the outside
Always looking in
I am so lonely
Waiting to begin
Always looking in

 

Remember me
When I remember you
Gather up all the broken-ness
As only you can do
When we remember you

 

I have this dream
But I can’t do it alone
I have the desire
A burning in my soul
But I can’t do it alone

 

Remember me
When I remember you
Gather up all the broken-ness
As only you can do
When we remember you

 

Bring me to the table
The mystery of grace
Break the bread and pour the wine
I want to see your face
The mystery of grace

 

Remember me
When I remember you
Gather up all the broken-ness
As only you can do
When we remember you

 

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