Week of: January 20, 2019
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
(1 Corinthians 12:7, NRSV)
When teaching about spiritual gifts in ministry, I often heard people say, "I don't have any gifts." The assumption was if they could do a certain thing, anyone could do it. They didn't see their own gifts as unique. Some needed to explore new areas to find gifts that had been hidden. Gift inventories were an immense help for people to learn about gifts and thus discover ways to serve their church and community.
In one parish, Sherrie helped turn some old window coverings from the parsonage into paraments for the season of Advent. The soft blue fabric hung beautifully in the worship space. When I suggested other visuals, she hesitated, but agreed to look at ideas. She created some of the most beautiful visuals I have ever seen, including a mobile of stars that hung from the ceiling for Epiphany. She loved using her creative gifts; she had just never imagined that her love of fabric and creating things with it were "gifts" that could be used in her church in worship.
As worship artists, we often spend so much time looking for the gifts within others that we forget to be open to the Spirit within us. What do you enjoy doing so much that, while you are doing it, you lose track of time? Perhaps that is God calling you to use your gifts for your church and community.
Loving God, guide me so that my gifts can be used for your work, no matter how simple or utilitarian I may think they are.
Retired Elder, The United Methodist Church
Consultation, Preaching, Teaching, Retreat Ministry
Primary Photo: An altar design crafted by visual artist Les Oliver is shown prior to an evening concert at Music & Worship Arts Week 2018. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)
Inset Photo: The mobile of stars created by Sherrie is seen during Epiphany 2011. (Photo submitted by Norma Lee Kerns Barnhart.)