Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 1 Peter 4:10
The voices that ring out from the choir loft are thrilling. They actually sound angelic. In Sunday School classrooms, people gifted with the ability to teach – to open minds, to make things understandable – reach hearts as well as minds, for adults as well as children. In the kitchen, cooks who create magnificent meals are at work preparing a church dinner, while many others set up tables, put out dishes and silverware and prepare to serve the meal. Ushers gather the offering and secure it until it can be counted and entered into the account books. In the nursery, babies smile and coo in the loving arms that hold them, and it’s hard to tell who is smiling more-- the little ones being cuddled or the big ones doing the cuddling.
In places of worship throughout the community and the country, people offer the gifts they have for the good of others. At its best, a church is an open door for those who can give and those who are in need. Walk through those doors, whether you’ve come to give or have come in need. We are all welcome as stewards of God’s grace.
©Carol Dean Henn, 2018
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA