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June 2011

We Are One Body


This is the rallying shout for PLUM:  ‘We are one body.’  St. Paul wrote to the Romans this beautiful passage:

“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 one of another.  We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.”  (12.4-6a)


When we apply this concept to PLUM, it becomes a blessing that is multiplied hundred-fold.  We have begun to engage in special projects that we hope will be fruitful for all of us.  Twenty-four individual PLUM members have volunteered to give three months service and support to Bethlehem.  This has already resulted in a bigger, bolder choir, continual canvassing of the neighborhood and a boost in the energy of the congregation.  This is an excellent example of sharing our resources and affirming our oneness in Christ.


The second special project that is underway is a planning and analysis project that East Liberty Lutheran Church (ELLC) designed to be as inclusive as possible.  East Liberty LC has a proud history with a strong outreach to the poor and marginalized in their neighborhood.  However, they are burdened with certain aspects of their physical and spiritual life.  These burdens have created a congregation of fatigue, division, financial and building needs.  On June 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m. there will be a large gathering of members.  This will not be a typical congregational meeting where a few do most of the talking and propositions are placed before the membership for adoption.  This meeting is designed to give everyone an equal voice – no decisions will be made.  Again we will be calling forth physical and individual gifts.


There is an old African-American song entitled, ‘God is not done with me yet.’  Given the energy and excitement that these two initial projects have generated, I would say that God is definitely not done with the PLUM congregations yet.  We simply need to open our ears to hear the Holy Spirit, affirm that ‘We are one body in Christ’, and act on it.


We have seen it in our shared pastoral staff; we have seen it in our shared worship, we have seen it in our shared Confirmation program and we have seen it as we attend one another’s special functions.  Now it is time to press forward and realize the rich future God has in store for us.


+ Pastor Paul Koch




Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110        412-466-7773