|Theme:||Each church member is an important part of the body of Christ. Third Sunday after Epiphany|
|Object:||No object is needed, but you could use a recording of "The Hokey Pokey."|
|Scripture:||Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)|
I am sure that all of you probably know the song and dance called "The Hokey Pokey." It goes like this:
After your right hand, you put your left hand in, then your right foot, then your left foot, then your head, until finally, you put your "whole self in!" What a fun song!
Can you imagine what would happen if you were doing the "Hokey Pokey" and the left hand refused to do the "Hokey Pokey" because it wanted to be the right foot?
What if the right foot said, "Since I am not the left hand, I am not part of the body so I refuse to do the 'Hokey Pokey?'"
The next thing you know, the head might say, "I don't need any of you, I can 'Hokey Pokey' all by myself!"
Oh, no! This can never be. The hands, the feet, the head...they are all part of the "whole self." You need them all to do the "Hokey Pokey." After all, like the song says, "That's what it's all about!"
Maybe this example of the "Hokey Pokey" seems a little bit silly, but it is a good picture of the church. The Bible teaches us that the church is the body of Christ and that it is made up of many members. Each member is different and each has been given different gifts.
Some have been given the gift of preaching and teaching while others have been given the gift of healing. Some people are good leaders and have been given the gift of seeing that everything runs smoothly while others may have been given the gift of helping others.
Just as God gave us hands, feet, head, eyes, and ears to meet the needs of the whole body, God has given the church different members with different gifts to meet the needs of the whole church.
And just like the song says, "That's what it's all about!"
Heavenly Father, we are thankful that you have given each of us special gifts. Help us to remember that each of us is an important part of the body of Christ. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.