Last week I talked about the Body of Christ. This is Paul’s brilliant metaphor to describe the church of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12). Just as a human body is made up of many parts, which work together for healthy functioning, so is each member of the church a part of the body of Christ. All parts are needed for good health! Another name for the church is the Family of God. I also like this image, as God himself—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—is a sort of divine family. So too are we a holy family. Sometimes we think of the church as a business, and we run it that way. But actually, in reality it’s more of a family. This is especially true for a small, strong congregation like our own. Every church is made up of individuals that make up a church family. Some are related by blood and others are not. But no matter: we’re all brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, since every church is a family, and since we all belong to a biological family, today we want to focus on family. The Pastoral Team of this church recognizes that every church family and biological family struggles. So we invited a trained pastor and counselor to come and encourage us. Thank you for welcoming him and receiving his word from the Lord regarding the family.