Hope your Friday afternoon is a good one. What a fabulous day! Here’s a heads up on what you can expect this Sunday when we gather together for worship, communion, teaching and fellowship.
Five new elders will be appointed in our services this weekend. They are as follows: Robert Beasley, Mike Calvert, Jerold Givens, Charlie Onstead and Darrell Roth. These are fine men who have distinguished themselves through service over the years and I’m glad to see them step into this ministry.
In our teaching time on Sunday, we’ll dive into the section of 1 Corinthians (12:1-11) that provides direction and correction regarding the use, and even abuse, of spiritual gifts. What are spiritual gifts? You have them and God wants you to use them. Spiritual gifts are abilities, energies & moments assigned to every believer, animated by the Holy Spirit and designed for the common good of the Body of Christ.
Some people are actually afraid of spiritual gifts. Don’t be. Embrace both the reality and the mystery of the Holy Spirit at work within and around you. And when the gifts are used, not for self-exaltation, but for the common good, under the Lordship of Jesus, and in a context of love, everyone wins.
One more item to mention … Carman Hammond is looking for several faces and voices to participate in our Christmas Choir this December. You’ll have opportunities to sing on the first four Sundays in December (2, 9, 16, 23) as well as in our Christmas Eve service. Even if you can’t make all those opportunities, I hope you’ll contact either Carman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tiri (email@example.com) and volunteer.
All God’s Very Best to You,