Today we celebrate the ministry gifts of the laity. To put it another way, we acknowledge the gifts God has given each person. Believing that God has called each of us to serve in some way, we celebrate the ministry each person does, as they use their gifts in Christ’s name to serve God’s people.
I give thanks to God for all the ways I have been reminded of your gifts for ministry as I have worked alongside some of you the past couple of weeks. Here are a few ...
Opening and closing the church for worship, classes, and meetings. That means making sure lights are out and no water is running, too.
Preparing food for fellowship time, Kids ROCK, and funeral luncheons. That includes serving, hosting graciously, and cleaning up after.
Teaching our Sunday School, Kids ROCK, and Confirmation classes. Rather, helping young disciples BECOME passionate disciples like their teachers and mentors.
Meeting with UMW, Church Council, and Trustees to plan for and do God’s work in our communities, our churches, and the world. This includes the behind the scenes work to prepare for a meeting, in addition to leading the meeting, taking minutes, or preparing reports.
Glorifying God in our worship time together. Many are involved with preparing bulletins and slides, checking sound and projection, providing music (and practicing ahead of time), arranging the altar, preparing and serving communion, lighting the candles, and more.
Praying for God’s people around the world and right here at home. Doing what you can do to let those who are hurting know that you are with them, that you are holding them in the Light.
Loving God, continue to bless the work of your servants’ hands and hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat