A Message From Pastor Beth
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve the same Lord, and we can each do different things. Yet, the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do….Together you are the body of Christ.”
(1 Cor. 12:4-6; 27)
This past Lenten/Easter season this particular passage came alive for me. For us to do what we do as the Body of Christ here at United Lutheran, it takes a great variety of people and their gifts to carry out God’s mission. This past Lenten/Easter season was a prime example of many people using their gifts to enliven our worship and deepen our experience of faith as we once more told the story of Christ’s death and resurrection.
We had the artists who prepared the pictures of our themes for the walls of the church, providing visual aids for us. There were also artists who shared their talents providing pictures of Jesus’ passion for our front bulletin boards. There were our faithful musicians who spent many hours preparing and playing for all of those extra worship services. We can’t forget the altar guild who not only had extra services to prepare for, they also spent some time cleaning the altar and all of the items for worship. There were the wonderful, dedicated people who prepared our computer and those who ran the computer/projector during worship. There were those who prepared Lenten meals before worship, and the faith and care group that served Easter brunch, along with all of the faithful people who brought food for that brunch. It also took office help and custodial help to create a space and materials for worship. And, we can’t forget the property committee who oversaw the installation of our new doors in time for Easter and who spent many, many hours preparing the entryways so that they too would be ready for Easter.
This is just the Easter season list. We also have our Sunday School teachers, our quilters, people who count the offering and so many others who contribute their gifts so that as the Body of Christ in Cavalier, we can do the work that God has given us to do.
It takes all of us, all of us and our variety of gifts, and I thank all of you who give so freely of your time and your gift. And for those who hesitate, thinking there is nothing they can do, be assured that you have a valuable gift also. Celebrate your gift and be bold; we all have something to share. The Body needs your gifts.