By Erin Ginnerty
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews of Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one spirit.
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members of the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
~1 Corinthians 12:12-27
It has been a long held and sacred theme at St. George’s to understand and be of one body for Christ. This passage is read to campers on closing and opening day as a reminder to them and their counselors that their love for one another in Christ is to be of one body, not of many.
For their first worship service of each session, counselors give “the body talk” to campers. They learn about how they can live out their own gifts into one greater body for the Lord. This clip shows how the counselors demonstrate as a machine that if one part can’t work, then the rest of the machine can’t function. This is true to camp: if we don’t lift one another up and use our gifts as an offering to others, then camp will not be able to function. This week, St. George’s campers and counselors will use their gifts to create their own machine that will work for the body of Christ. Together, we will be one unit, one body for the Lord.
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