“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.
There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. There are
different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all
for their particular service. The Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each
person for the good of all.” - 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (GNT)
We have all been given gifts from our gracious Lord to share with others. Some
of us are good at greeting or ushering or teaching or reading in public or
assisting with Communion. Some are good at “behind-the-scene” ministry like
altar guild or grounds-keeping or organizing material or visiting or praying.
We ALL have a special talent God has given us to share.
This is the time of year we are looking for nominees to fill posts for the
continuation of ministry at Mount Eden; nominees to be elected at our Special
Congregational Meeting to be held after worship Sunday December 10th.
If someone should approach you asking if you would like to be a nominee for a
certain position they believe you have the gifts to do, please do not answer in
haste, but take time to pray about the offer. Often we see people filling a
position just because someone is wanted. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if those
positions were filled by people excited to accept those posts; people having the
gifts to joyfully serve in those openings?
I believe everyone who is a member of a congregation should serve on their
Church Council at least one term; to experience what happens in a congregation
in addition to attending worship on Sunday mornings. You will be amazed at all
the good ministry which is occurring; ministries that are really making a
difference at Mount Eden, in the Lower Susquehanna Synod, in our communities,
in our nation, and around the world! YOU are important! YOU have a gift to
share! YOU are needed to aid in the continuation of the church in which we are
baptized; to go out and share our God-given talents with others!
Now you may be thinking that you are too old to make a difference, you are too
old to contribute, you are too disabled. … YOU also have gifts to share.
Perhaps you can pick up the telephone and keep in touch with other members.
Perhaps you could send birthday cards, anniversary cards, “Thinking of you”
cards, or just a letter to say “Hi and God bless.” You are never too old to
minister to your neighbor.
And you are never too young! It is wonderful to see our youth assisting in our
ministry: Being acolytes, helping collect communion glasses when others are
leaving the Altar Rail; singing in the choir, ushering, greeting, etc. YOU are
Whether we are young, old, or in between, we ALL play an essential part in the
ministry of the church; we ALL make up the Body of Christ. Don’t just come to
warm up the pew on Sunday mornings. Get further involved. Share your gifts.
Spread the joy of Christ Jesus to others. Thank you all for making the church
Your Brother in Christ,