Greetings from Phoenix, Arizona!
Okay, not really. I’m writing this the week before I head out for my semi-annual spiritual retreat with the Bethany Ecumenical Fellows, but, when you read this, if you do so the week it’s published, I will be in Phoenix, making jokes no one wants to hear about the heat. Many will be happy there’s a day of silence, surely.
What can I say? My love of corny jokes is a gift. Not a spiritual gift. A gift from me to anyone who hears them.
But, there are different gifts according to the grace given to each of us. (Time for the tie-in to the sermon series; I love it when this starts!) In Romans 12:6-8, Paul lists seven: prophesying, serving, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading and mercy. Each of us has at least one of these gifts, I’d bet. There are others, surely, and we might even get to those as well.
Beginning Sunday, we’ll start a five week series on these gifts, and what it means to use them in actuality in a church and world that desperately needs them. And we’ll be looking at the Book of James, too, because it’s all about putting feet to the pavement. But not bare feet in Arizona. They’d fry.
I will be back in town for Sunday services, and I look forward to seeing you then.