From Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations 2018
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.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
During a conversation about corporate worship, an active congregant lamented that "children need to stop moving around and talking so I can hear." Another opined that perhaps children should be "taken out of church for misbehavior."
I wondered aloud how this discussion might change if we were considering the participation of a long-standing member whose disabilities caused disruption. Does the conversation shift when we are discussing children?
As Christians, we become full members of the Body of Christ at baptism. And the Body of Christ is changed with the addition of every new member, regardless of age. Christ calls us to celebrate and appreciate the gifts of all and invites us into the wonderful and sometimes messy work of discerning ministry together as the Body of Christ.
How can we welcome children so that we are truly engaged in ministry together? Where do we fall short of being "one body"?