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. 9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be
patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those
who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be
wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.”
Dear St. Thomas,
The above passage from Romans is a small excerpt of one of the ways that Paul is reminding and suggesting we respond to what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for us. Paul is suggesting that our whole lives should be lived in response to the love God has shown us. In these particular verses Paul is reminding us that God calls us to live in community with one another. Paul is also reminding us that in order for the body of Christ to function properly gifts from individuals join together are absolutely necessary.
This month, St. Thomas is hosting many opportunities for this part of God’s call on our lives to be lived out and celebrated. While this should happen every Sunday in worship, on Sunday,
October 1 we have an opportunity to celebrate Global Church Sunday and then have a Pet Blessing at 1:00. The following Sundays through October and November will be focused on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
October 7, we celebrate the many gifts and talents that God has given some through the art of crafting with the Craft Show. Each of the vendors that come to the Craft Show have gifts and talents that God has given which just so happen to beautify our homes and our world.
October 16 at 6:30 PM, we will continue our Faith, Sexism, and Justice discussions. The conversations we have had through this discussion group have often revolved around culture, but have also given us the opportunity to talk about how we can better be God’s hands, feet, and heart
in our church, community, and world and how our faith has affected culture or how culture has affected faith.
On October 21, we again have the opportunity to celebrate being the body of Christ together by offering a space for those who enjoy scrapbooking a space and a community to celebrate their gifts and talents.
Reformation weekend (October 27-29) will also be a wonderful time to celebrate how we are much better together than we are individually. On October 28 we will invite the community here to participate in our joint Trunk or Treat event with St. Blase beginning at 6:30. We will gather for
Reformation Sunday Worship at 10 AM (as usual) on Sunday October 29 and then that evening we are jointly hosting a Reformation Service with St. Blase at St. Thomas beginning at 7:00 with refreshments to follow.
Each of these events take many hands, feet, and hearts to make them work. Each of these events take different people with different gifts to come together to make them work. Each of these events remind us that while each of us are different, we need those differences to come together to
fully experience the glimpse of God’s kingdom and the community God intends for us to be.
Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Joyce Partyka Staib