By Rev. Doug Rokke, American Lutheran Church, La Porte City

“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another.  We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us….”   ~ Romans 12:4-6a

 September is the time of year when many people look forward to the beginning of  certain sports events. In high school it would include the football or volleyball games. Others enjoy following college football or professional football.

Although sports can be overdone, there are some lessons to learn from them. One lesson has to do with teamwork. This means that while each individual has their own role, still the goal for everyone is to build up the team. So, while there may be exceptional athletes on the team, their goal is also to lead and help the entire team be the best that it can be.

Something similar could be said for us as a church. We are also part of a team or in church language we speak of the one “body” (of Christ). As such each individual is important. Each person has their own faith and lives it out in a particular way. Yet we work together to build up the one body.

As we enter the fall season this might be a good time to think not only about the teams we will follow in sports, but about the other communities we are part of in our churches. Most all the churches in town will begin their fall schedules this month. Now would be a good time to think about your part in the church you belong to. It would also be a good time to pray for our churches and members.