Many the Gifts
“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.” 1 Corinthians 12:4–7
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Grace and peace to you! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to see April showers in my life—but, finally, the snow has gone and the rain has come! Finally, the warmth of the sun and the green grass have returned! Ah, new life! Sunshine and long spring rains and the greening up of the dull brown grayness of a long winter are just a few of God’s gifts we can enjoy together.
Since joining Augustana, I’ve been amazed at all the gifts you’ve been given. I’ve met talented artists, plumbers, gardeners, farmers, machinists, woodworkers (carvers, builders, and turners!), surgeons, knitters, students, dentists, racecar drivers, musicians, researchers, Union organizers, lawyers, builders, quilters, bankers, finger-painters, engineers, entrepreneurs, singers, teachers, cooks, bankers, administrators, videogame players, athletes, caregivers, and homebrewers. And this is a drop in the bucket. You have amazing gifts from God. Far more than I could include in a short three-hundred word article.
But here’s the problem. Most people don’t know it. If you are like most of the people in this part of the country, when it comes to sharing your gifts and speaking about how gosh-darn talented you are, you get shy and when the moment comes to speak about your gifts and talents, you suddenly become very interested in the tops of your shoes and wait it out as the moment passes.
You are amazingly talented and gifted. God has blessed you so many times over—but the blessing in these talents and gifts we’ve each been given lies in the sharing of them. As we welcome new members May 20th, let’s welcome them right. Let’s introduce ourselves by sharing our gifts with one another. On Sunday, May 20th, please bring an item (or a few!) that speaks to your gifts and talents (professional or hobbies) with you to worship and following the worship service, we’ll have tables set up during the reception for new members in the Fellowship Hall for you to display your talents and introduce yourself to others in this community as the God-gifted person you are! Please don’t be bashful! Those gifts were meant to be shared! A signup will be available Sundays April 29th, May 6th and 13th.
In Christ’s Service,