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Gifts large and small-in our Lord's eyes are all valuable
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(Father Hugh is at the Credo Conference this week and then will be on vacation for the following two weeks. This is one of his thoughts from May 2015.)

Gifts large and small - in our Lord’s eyes are all valuable. What’s your “ding?” Every gift is important. Archbishop Tutu says, "For the orchestra even the triangle player is critical and important. If there is no "ding," something is lost.

 

1 Corinthians 12: 3 - 9 New Revised Standard Version of the Bible

  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. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

 

From The Message - translations of the Bible by Eugene Peterson

  God's various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit.  God's various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all.  Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!  The variety is wonderful: wise counsel, clear understanding, simple trust, healing the sick, miraculous acts, proclamations, distinguishing between spirits tongues interpretation of tongues.  All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. 

 

You will find out just where your “ding” fits: in the rack in the Narthex you will find a brochure (it has a blue cover) that will guide you to just where it fits and it helps put what St. Paul said to the Corinthians into context. It will give you a hint or two about living out the role each of us is called to in the ministry of All Saints.

All you got may be the "ding," but All Saints cannot live without it.

Hugh+

 


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