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The Episcopal Church in the City of Euclid

Dear Friends,

Last Sunday we read from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians that “you have been enriched in [Christ Jesus], in speech and knowledge of every kind … so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

You are not lacking in any spiritual gift.

As we move into February, with our Annual Meeting and Vestry elections, and towards Lent with its introspection and repentant reflection, how does it feel to hear that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift?

As a community, it means that together we have all that we need to work as a body, to support one another in spreading the Gospel through our worship and work.

As individuals, it means that God has given each of us particular gifts and callings – perhaps several across the span of a lifetime – to build up that body and to strengthen our own faith and that of others.

During February, our formation at coffee hour will focus on spiritual gifts: what they are, how they are recognized, what you might do with them. I am excited to welcome the Rev. Jessie Dodson, of St Paul’s, Cleveland Heights, to talk about a particular model for wondering about individual gifts. I am intrigued to discover what we will find out about ourselves as a community.

In the meantime, because it is not always easy to recognize nor accept our own giftedness, I invite you to consider the gifts of your pew-mates. Practice, like Paul, the art of affirming the Spirit’s gifts in your neighbor. We each know from experience that a single word of encouragement can fuel great endeavors, or simple perseverance.

You are not lacking in any spiritual gift. What an opportunity!

Yours in Christ,

 

Rosalind +