Take a Walk with Christ
Adapted from Walk With Wholeness
What will you do on this walk?
Explore poverty in your communities, especially among children and work together as the body of Christ to care for those in your neighborhoods.
How can you prepare?
- Read data on poverty for your county (PDF on chn.org)
- Obtain a map of your church community
- Walking shoes
- Pray for God to open your mind and heart
What does God’s word say?
Read: I Corinthians 12: 12-20, 27; Luke 22:19
As United Methodist Women members we are the body of Christ. Look at the others seated here. Do we all look the same? Do we have similar attitudes? Do we have identical viewpoints? But when we come together in the sisterhood of grace, we become the body of Christ. As Paul says so clearly in 1 Corinthians 12:12, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many are one body.” Later in that chapter he adds, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”
What does the body of Christ look like? Jesus said, as he shared bread with his disciples in Luke 22:19, “This is my body, which is given for you.” Jesus gave his body to be broken just as we break bread—to sustain, nourish and create community. Jesus’ brokenness was voluntary. However, the brokenness of the body of Christ—victims of poverty, domestic violence and climate change, human trafficking and undocumented neighbors—is caused by injustices in the world. This is the reason for Jesus’ sacrifice, so that we may become whole again as we accept God’s grace for daily living and set out to bring about wholeness in places of brokenness due to unjust conditions.
How will you respond to Christ’s giving of himself for the world and us?
When we consume the living bread, which is the body of Christ, we are challenged to live justly and sacramentally, to be used and consumed for the nourishment of others.
How can we share the bread of justice, healing and wholeness with others? We ourselves may be wounded people. In such situations, God may use us as wounded healers, as theologian Henri Nouwen would say.
How can we act as bread, shared and sustaining for our neighbors and community?
Think about it ... Are you ready to walk with Christ and share of yourselves in God’s world so that all can feast at his banquet? Who is God calling you to share with?
What can you explore?
- Watch how United Methodist Women’s Mission Giving is supporting mission projects
- Check out how rural women are responding are impacting food policies
Where is this walk going to take you?
- Draw a radius around your church using the map.
- Plan a route for your walk.
- As you walk pray with your eyes open that God will show you needs in the neighborhood. Be observant.
What can you do after the walk?
- Identify and list some needs in your community.
- Discuss underlying issues that cause or result in poverty.
Plan on how you can be involved.
Read about the role of community gardens
Reaffirm your walk from Psalm 37:23-28a:
Leader: Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when God delights in our way;
People: Though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
For the Lord holds us by the hand.
Leader: I have been young, and now am old,
People: Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
Or their children begging bread.
Leader: They are ever giving liberally and lending,
People: And their children becoming a blessing.
Leader: Depart from evil, and do good, so you shall abide forever.
People: For the Lord loves justice;
All: God will not forsake God’s faithful ones. Amen. (NRSV)