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How about YOU?  “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone, to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”                                                                                 I Corinthians 12:4-7   Long before women could be pastors or even light the candles at church, my dad used to call me the “little pastor.” As a young person, I loved teaching Sunday School to the little ones; singing in the choir; and playing the piano or organ at church. Church was my second “home.” My calling to be a pastor must have started here; even though I did not recognize that or acknowledge it until many years later. I, like many others, had to wander away before I could come back to my faith.

How about you? Are you a teacher because teaching runs in your family? Did you set up the garage as a child and “teach” the children of the neighborhood? Did you TRY to teach your brothers and sisters…to no avail? How about you? Are you a farmer because farming runs in your family? Have you always been fascinated with God’s creation? Have you always loved being outdoors, growing things and enjoying God’s beautiful world? How about you? Did you become a nurse, a doctor, a lab tech, etc. because the idea of serving those with medical needs excites you? Was your mom or dad a doctor, nurse, surgical tech, etc.? How did you become interested in this gifted career? How about you? Are you a homemaker? This amazing job takes the talents of a businessperson, the gifts of an organizer, tireless hours with no breaks, no perks and no “time off,” and the endless patience of a saint. How were you called to this multi-gifted work?

How about you?...How did you choose to live out the gifts that God has given you?  Most of us wear many hats. Teacher by day and parent at night…Farmer at sunrise and when the sun sets, there are still many chores to be done…nurse by night and mom, taxi driver, wife, cook, house cleaner, etc. by day. God grants each of us many gifts and talents to be used (as St. Paul writes) “For the common good.”  Wherever you find yourself on the “gifts and talents” spectrum, God needs you! As Martin Luther put it, “We are the hands and feet of Christ.” Each of us is needed to love, to show mercy, to volunteer, to participate and to engage in actively living out our calling as children of God and heirs of the kingdom.   Maybe you have “taken the summer off” from worship. Maybe you have been at the lake or traveling. Maybe you have just not been around for awhile.  Please hear this clearly: We welcome your return! We anxiously await seeing you again. We need you – as a fellow heir of the kingdom and as a brother/sister in Christ. We need each other!

One gift God has given each of us is the desire for community; the longing for worship; the joy of one another.  Welcome home for the start of a new academic year and a new year of worship, prayer and praise!

In His Service,  Pastor Renee

 
 
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