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Take It With You 02.06.2022

In the same way that God has given us our physical bodies with each part working together, we each have a role in unity in the body of Christ.  If you’ve ever had surgery on a thumb or toe, (we’ve had both at our house) you find out neither are as small as you thought. Losing the use of even a small part affects function of the whole.

The timeline at our recent Congregational Conversation was a wonderful visual representing a span of 76 years of when members joined Snyder. Different backgrounds, for different reasons, at different times, but all seeking the Word of God in the body of Christ’s church.  Today’s scripture says that “we all have received a calling, equipped for works of service SO THAT the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith…” (paraphrased) Whether you joined us 76 years ago or last week, each of us is a part of the body. It would be difficult to always agree on all things as a church body, but we can commit to serving as we’ve been equipped and to unity where God is glorified.

Jesus knew it would be difficult for us and therefore prayed ahead of time that we would be one.

John 17:20-23
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

May we commit as a Family of God to pray for the Pastor God has planned for us.  May we “Walk Worthy of the Lord,” and be one in the body of Christ so that the world will know that God loved us so much that He sent His Son. 

After all, isn’t that exactly what Jesus prayed for us?

~ Kerri Hurley