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Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12.4-5)

One of the things my grandchildren like to do is fly kites. This year we have had to wait a long time for kite-flying weather, but I think it just might be here. As I was doing some reading for one of my sermons I came across a short story that was entitled, “Who Flies the Kite?” It goes like this: During a breezy March day, a town’s Mayor happened to be walking through the park where a small boy was flying the largest, most beautiful kite he had ever seen. It soared so high and floated so gently, the Mayor was sure it had to be visible from the next town. Since his little town did not have very many things to note to its credit, the Mayor decided to award a “Key to the City” to the one responsi-ble for setting this spectacle aloft.

"Who is responsible for flying this kite?” the Mayor asked. “I am said the boy. I made the kite with my own hands. I painted all the beautiful pictures and constructed it with scrapes I found in my father’s workshop. I’m responsible for flying the kite,” he declared.

“I am responsible for flying the kite,” said the wind. It is my breeze that keeps it aloft and sets a direction it will go. Un-less I blow, the kite will not fly at all,” the wind pressed its claim.

“Not so” said the kite’s tail. “I make it steady and give it stability against the wind’s whims. Without me, the kite would spin out of control and ever the boy would not be able to save it from crashing to the earth. I am responsible for flying the kite,” declared the tail.

After hearing all of these replies the mayor wasn’t sure what to do so he went to the city council and asked them this question, “Who really is responsible for flying the kite?” After much discussion the council decided that they are all responsible for flying the kite! The council realized the important truth that it took all of them to make the kite fly, not just one of them.

Sometimes we adults aren’t so smart. In the hustle and bustle of our day, it’s easy to forget that the boss or team leader is just that, the leader of the team. Each member is important in keeping projects moving and meeting desired goals. Take a moment to consider your co-workers. Ask yourself, “How would our progress be changed if that person wasn’t on the team, didn’t exist?”

Now think about our church; think about the pastor, the music leaders, the secretary, the circles, the altar guild, the ushers, the choir members, the kitchen workers, the council members, your pew mates, and even the members across the sanctuary, and how we would do without all of their work. From my perspective I’m glad you’re all a part of our church family because we couldn’t do it without you. In this Kingdom Building Business it takes all kinds of peo-ple, all manners of talents, all areas of gifting, to complete the awesome task that God has blessed us to accomplish.
As God leads us to higher heights and new opportunities, let us remember that just like the kite in the story it takes all of us working together to make this church fly.

Blessings to you,
Pastor Bob Schoenknecht

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