Sunday’s Sermon

                                       “Everybody Brings Something to the Table”                    Aug. 1, 2021

Let’s begin with prayer…

Holy Spiritmay you move freely amongst us and dwell in each of our hearts. Equip us, challenge us, comfort us, teach us. Inspire us as we learn more about your majestic ways. As we meet together at this time and place, may we behold Your beauty and encounter your grace.
We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus. Amen.

Looking at our scripture for today found in Romans 12:6-8 (ICB) it says: We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace that God gave us. If one has the gift of prophecy, he should use that gift with the faith he has. If one has the gift of serving, he should serve. 

If one has the gift of teaching, he should teach. If one has the gift of encouraging others, he should encourage. If one has the gift of giving to others, he should give freely. 

If one has the gift of being a leader, he should try hard when he leads. If one has the gift of showing kindness to others, that person should do so with joy.

When you gather together as a family or just as a group of friends to share a meal let’s say; for the holidays, or a birthday, or for a family reunion, or just for some type of group gathering, and if you were to look around at all the people sitting at the table, what would you see?

You would see so many different types of folks with so many different personalities, different lifestyles, different looks, each one of them unique in their own ways; each one of them making some kind of contribution to the dynamics of the group gathering.   

When I think about the people of this church, I see folks with so many different gifts and talents and each one of them contributing in their own special ways to make this church what it is.

For some of you, you will remember this scripture from last Sunday’s sermon found in Galatians 5:22-23 (CEB) which says: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

Let’s take a few moments to look in our minds eye and see all our folks gathered together and sitting around a table to share a meal.

What would we see? For instance, Candy and Pat have a heart for the children’s ministry. Not just anyone can or is even willing to work with children. It takes special gifts.

How about those who serve on our outreach team like Laurie, Sue, Shirley, Elaine, Jim, and Sandy who set up the mission giving opportunities and other ministries. 

Then there’s Sandy, Carole, Jean, GerriJan, Kay, and Gwen who share their time and talents helping to set up the worship services.  

Romans 12:8

If one has the gift of being a leader, he should try hard when he leads.

There’s those who host for our Sunday Worship services and folks like Shirley, Bill & Jan, who help provide the communion elements. And the folks who step up each Sunday to usher and count offerings.

And what about Denny who works the tech booth. Or the folks who set up the coffee bar every Sunday, providing us with the awesome coffee. 

Or how about the folks who serve on our Trustee Team? Gwenn, Candi, Tim, Roger, Dan, and Jean – all of whom give their time, gifts, and talents to help take care of the buildings and properties. 

Romans 12:8 says:

If one has the gift of encouraging others, he should encourage.

What about the folks who stand at the doors greeting folks as they come into the church on Sunday? Or Jan who makes up the guest bags to give out to the guests who visit us. Or those who serve on the Care Giver’s group who support and encourage each other. 

Romans 12:8 says:

If one has the gift of giving to others, he should give freely.

How about our Finance Team – Meredith, Roy, Gerrie, Jean, Sandy and Jan – each one contributing their various gifts & talents to make sure our church is striving to be financially sound.

And what about Aggie who takes care of the memorials that are given to the church and sends out thank you notes.

Romans 12:7b says:

If one has the gift of teaching, he should teach.

What about Tom who has been leading the weekly Bible study and Jean who leads the United Methodist Women’s group.

Romans 12:5 says:

If one has the gift of serving, he should serve.

What about all the folks who help out at our church dinners, arts and craft show, VBS, Anchor Day parade float, and many more events and activities. I don’t think I could list off everyone’s names, there are so many.

We can’t forget our many prayer warriors that are so faithful in their prayers.

I may not have mentioned everyone by name this morning, but in whole, as a church, we all bring something to the table.

Perhaps as Jesus was sitting at the table with his disciples at the last supper and looking around at them, he may have been thinking of all the gifts and talents they brought to his table and how they would be using them to further the kingdom of heaven after he was gone.

In Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) he tells them:

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” 

As we all sit around this imaginary table together, I see so many folks who each bring something different to the table. There might even be a few visitors sitting among us who add their own dynamics into the mix. And all of it just adds to the dynamics of the ministry and outreach opportunities we can do together as a church.

Perhaps you could be thinking about more or new and different ways that you could use your gifts and talents to help the church to “go and make disciples…”

Let us pray…

Holy God, we give thanks for all that you’ve done for us and all that you will do. May we find ways to serve you with using our gifts and talents, so that we can help others to come to know You. May all that we do be a blessing to you. Amen.