From the desk of Pastor Nikki…
“All good gifts around us
Are sent from Heaven above
Then thank the Lord, oh thank the Lord for all his love…
I really wanna thank you Lord!”
- “All Good Gifts” from the musical Godspell
This song is one of my favorites. I sang it countless times with the cast from my church’s production of Godspell. I heard it sung on the day of my ordination. As I type this article, I am singing it quietly to myself in my office.
For me, this song is a powerful reminder of God’s love and care for us. It reminds me that all that I have --good food to eat, a safe and warm place to rest my head, family and friends that care for me, my very life-- all these are given by God. My natural response to God then comes in the form of thanks. Thanks for all that has been given. Thanks for all that will be given. Thanks for all.
One of the focuses that the Family Faith Formation Committee (FFFC) is undertaking this year is to help CLC members discern and incorporate their gifts into the body of Christ and the ministry we share at CLC. We recognize that we all have been given gifts by God and that the best way to honor and thank God for all God has given is to offer thanks and to use what God has given us.
For some, it is gifts of mercy that lead us to offer money, food, or a ride to a total stranger in need.
For some, it is gifts of wisdom that lead us to discover the word of God speaking into our lives today.
For some, it is gifts of evangelism that lead us to share with others the movement of the Spirit at work in the world.
For some, it is still another gift.
Whatever your gift may be, it is God-given and we are glad you are gifted in this way.
Some of you may be thinking, “I’m not sure what I’m gifted at.” Well, you’re in luck! FFFC has arranged for the congregation to take a Spiritual Gifts Discovery Assessment in an effort to help you discover your gifts and then use them to the best of your ability. If you have already taken the assessment, thanks! If you have not yet taken the assessment, contact Pastor Nikki, Laura Langreck, or Shar Arnason so that we can help you make this happen! It is our hope that the more aware we are of the gifts we’ve been given, the more present we can be in the Now. In the Here. In This.
1 Peter 4:10- “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God,
serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”
Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014
by Nikki Fielder