As we moved into the New Year and a new worship series, we decided it was time to resurrect the blog after a year's break.
Our Greater Gifts Series is all about the ways God has gifted you to love and to serve. So we invite you to go to the Greater Gifts page on our website. There you will find two links.
- The first link is to a Spiritual Gifts Assessment.
- The second link is to an online survey where you can share your results.
This past Sunday, we talked a lot about gifts and the three-fold pattern of gift-giving: Expecting, Receiving and Sharing.
And then we ask the critical question: What do you expect from God?
We can expect God to be faithful to all God has promised!
And what has God promised?
The gifts we received in our baptism - the gifts of forgiveness, grace, love, salvation and new birth in Jesus Christ. All this is God’s gift offered to us without price.
Baptism is a moment when we clearly see a gift held in outstretched loving arms, and we say yes. God looks upon you. God calls you by name. You are loved. You are forgiven. You are claimed. You are blessed. You are a part of God's family, the church.
Baptism is a moment when we hear for the first time the still, small voice of God saying, “I love you. You are my son. You are my daughter. I will love you forever.”
Those are the gifts we have been promised.
So here the second question: Have you received these gifts?
And not just once. These gifts are given throughout out life. Baptism is not just an event, it is a way of life. Every day we can receive these gifts from God. We can renew our commitment. We can acknowledge what God is doing for us. We can affirm our place in Christ’s community, among Christ’s friends.
All our spiritual gifts are rooted in God's First Gift to us!
Check out the sermon video from the 11 am worship!