The Archbishop of York’s recent Sermon—Working Together For The Glory of God

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Our bible reading in Church today is a letter from St Paul’s to the church in Corinth, in which he is trying to encourage church-members to work together for the glory of God. Everyone has different gifts and talents, Paul tells them. Each one of you is a body-part of the whole. Don’t all think you have to be the one who leads the prayers, or the one who preaches, the one who does the flowers, or the one who plays the music. He reminds them that our bodies are a marvellous piece of collaborative and co-ordinated working. We may think our eyes are our best feature. But if we decided we just wanted to be all eye, we wouldn’t be able to hear or speak. Similarly, though our football teams need to score goals to win games, if all our players were strikers, where would the defence be!

At the end of this week of prayer for Christian Unity, we need to remember that God has given us all wonderful gifts, but he’s given them to us not just for our own pleasure, and certainly not for our personal pride, but so that we can work together to do more wonderful things than we can do alone. Saint Teresa of Avila’s poem describes the miracle of how the world is changed by each one of us using our gifts and bringing them together to serve others.

Read it all.

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Posted January 29, 2013 at 9:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Adam 12 wrote:

It always stops me when the proper name Bible use lower-cased, particularly in a church setting and here by an archbishop. What is this saying to the world about the value of the Word of God?

January 29, 6:02 pm | [comment link]
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