"My son is a 20-year-old autistic man with the cognitive mentality of a 2-year-old child, yet he is indispensable to the congregation of Redemption Church. He cannot speak (although he can make plenty of noise) yet he is indispensable to the worship service. He constantly kicks the chair of the person in front of him, he claps during the quiet times and cannot sit still for five minutes, much less the length of a sermon. Yet he is indispensable to the church—indispensable to the Body of Christ."
That paragraph comes from a blog post that was recently forwarded to me by a member of City Church. It is too good not to share. It's a poignant reflection of what it means to be part of the church, part of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). Reading through it I was reminded of a couple of things. First, I thought about Young Life Capernaum ministry--a ministry to disabled young people in Richmond--which several people from our congregation help out with. I thought about all the lessons of God's love that they learn from serving in Capernaum.
I also thought about the greeting time in the middle of every City Church service. There are people who hate the greeting time. You might be one of them. But that greeting time is an opportunity for the unbridled joy of the gospel to be lived out in our community. It doesn't need to just be an unbearable formality of small talk. It doesn't need to be an awkward moment that reinforces loneliness. It could be, just maybe, that our worship could find its expression through our joyful greeting of one another.
Read the whole thing here.