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. (1Cor 12:4-7)
With the arrival of January comes the inevitable arrival of our annual meeting; those times when we get together to talk about the business of the church. And these words from Paul to the early church in Corinth provide us with the foundation upon which we plan our time together, reflecting on who we are as a church, not only here in our community, but also throughout the world; a community of faith gathered together around God at work in each of us through the Spirit.
We have our own strengths and abilities as congregations in our community, gifted with a vibrant worshipping environment and the joy of serving through our gifts of time and our finances. But Paul also reminds us that we are part of something bigger in the world; members of the body of Christ. We are part of the church in the world, utilizing our gifts of the Spirit for the “common good.” When we engage in worship and ministry, we’re letting the whole world know who God is in the things that we say and do.
Blessings to you all as we embrace not only our own gifts and talents, but also in the ways that we are connected to others throughout the world; members of the body of Christ. With that in mind, come and join other members of St. John’s at our annual meeting to reflect upon this past year’s ministries, as well as to pray and plan for our ministries in the year to come. Amen.