Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday. And as you meditate on them, consider the question of the week: What gifts of the Holy Spirit have you received? Have I used the Spirit’s gifts generously and wisely?
Acts 2: 1-11
Psalm 104:25, 28-31, 34
1 COR 12:3B-7, 12-13
John 15:26-27; 16:12-15
1 Corinthians 12: 11-13
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
This week as I was doing a lot of driving between Reading, Philadelphia, and Lancaster I heard various messages on the radio programs I listen to around the them of “In the essentials unity, in the non-essentials diversity”. Talking about how there are certain elements to the Christian faith that are central and “essential”…but there are other things in which we allow diversity.
As I read 1 Corinthians, I hear a lot of the same theme coming out. The church was struggling with petty disagreements and offences. Once again, Paul emphasized the need for unity in the church. Though the church is a universal body, the gifts and skills of each Christian and each member of All Souls is unique. We can achieve unity by appreciating different abilities in others and emphasizing with each other’s joys and sorrows.
All spiritual gifts are equally valuable to the church, but Love is even greater than all combined. Are you using your gifts as well as you can for God and All Souls? Do you show love to others? This Pentecost Sunday, let us ask to be more open to the Holy Spirit and the gifts she can give to us – and lets us share our gifts and our love with one another – and those outside the walls of All Souls!