Members of One Body?

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so also is Christ. But now God has arranged the members in the body, each and every one of them, as he desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But as it is, there are many members, yet one body. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 18-19 - EHV)

It goes without reason to say that each body part has a certain job, a responsibility given to it. And each body part has the ability to carry out it’s duties. An ear’s job is to hear, it has the ability to do so. The ear’s job is not to walk, ut’s not created to do such things—it doesn’t have those capabilities. The eyes are meant to see, it has been created with abilities to do so. The eyes aren’t meant for digesting food—they would be useless if they ever tried.

So an ear can’t simply one day decide that it’s going to be a foot and is going to start walking. An eye can’t simply decide to become a stomach—that’s not how the body works. Each body part has a job to do and it does that job. If one body part is missing or for some reason is incapable of doing the job it is supposed to do, then the entire body suffers. Take, for example, a knee ligament like an ACL. This is a small part of the body, about an inch and a half long and 5 millimeters thick, and yet it has a very important function—it helps to stabilize the knee. If an ACL is torn, the whole body suffers since it’s not able to walk, squat, lift, etc. like it normally would. Even when it’s a small body part, if it doesn’t do it’s job the entire body suffers.

So it is with the body of Christ. As Christians we are part of the body of Christ. Christ is the head of the body, who controls all things within the body. And we as children of God, make up individual parts of the body. Each of us has been given unique gifts and abilities by our Lord. To often we fail to use these gifts and abilities as we should, we use them for our own personal gain—striving to get more money, more possessions, or for personal pleasure; or we fail to use them altogether. But the Lord has given us these gifts and abilities so we can use them—and use them to his glory. For all these sins, we turn to the Lord who graciously forgives us by a gift of his grace. And on top of the grace of salvation, he has added even more grace—gifts and abilities that he gives us so we can use them to give him glory and show our thanks to him!

Some of us might have the gift of teaching young children God’s Word, some of us might be blessed with the gift of time to volunteer at God’s house, others are good at talking with others, so they might spread the gospel throughout the world, others are good at organization. You get the point—we all have a job to do in the Church and we all have been given gifts and abilities to carry out our work. And just like the human body, there is no such thing as an unimportant job! May we all work together as one body—whether it’s the body of believers at St. John, the body of believers in the WELS, or the Church at large—to accomplish the work of Christ, our head, as we share his Word with others.

— Pastor Frey

Church News

Voters’ Meeting

Last night at our Annual Congregational Meeting, among other things, elections were held. In those elections, Scott Mahnke was elected as the new council secretary and Jason Presteen was elected as a new trustee. Both of these men will be installed February 3rd and will begin their duties shortly. We’d like to thank Thomas Appelt (secretary) and Nick Cleven (Trustee) for their three years of service in work to the Lord.

Also at last night’s meeting, the voters’ approved sending possible to changes to our constitution and By-laws to the District’s Constitution committee for review and approval. If approved these changes would be ratified by our voters in April. The changes were suggested in order to keep our by-laws up-to-date with our current practices. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to see a complete copy of our Constitution and By-laws and to see the changes suggested, please speak to one of the Pastors.

Streaming our Services Online 

With the update in our recording and audio equipment we now have the capabilities of streaming our services online. We tried a test-run the last two weekends and we are happy with how it turned out for the most part (there are a few audio issues that are almost resolved). Our plan right now unless things change is to stream our 8:00am service each Sunday and other services throughout the year. Look for a link on our Facebook page as well in the near future an embeded video on our website. Each service can also be watched live on our youtube channel (linked below) during and after each service. We hope that this is a great blessing to some of our shut-ins, to our members who are away on vacation and unable to worship with us, and others through the world so that they too can hear the message of God’s grace. We thank the Lord that he has given us this opportunity to share the gospel in this way! We are eager to hear your feedback.