The Rev. Peter M. Carey
Emmanuel Way Newsletter Column, August 2011
With the season of Pentecost beginning on June 12th, we enter the “Ordinary Time” in which we recognize the coming of the Holy Spirit among the disciples as they struggled to see how this Jesus Movement would continue after Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. The coming of the Holy Spirit brought with it the sense of the many gifts that are given to us in our lives. We are given our life itself, we are given some time on this earth, we are given some health, some wealth, and some skills and attributes. Perhaps we wish for more health, or wealth, or skills or attributes. There are days when I wish I could run as quickly as an NFL wide receiver or that I could increase the hours in a day. However, I pray that I will be grateful for the gifts that have been given to me, and I pray that I might live more often a life of gratitude rather than a life of regret or envy.
We have been given many gifts individually, and we have been given many gifts here at Emmanuel. We are blessed with many many wonderful people who help us to continue the great story of God in this place and this time. I am deeply thankful for the many gifts that you offer to us, and I pray prayers of thanksgiving for all that you bring to our community.
In this season of Pentecost, when we remember the ways that the Spirit has offered each of us many gifts, we also hope that you might consider offering your gifts in new and even more abundant ways to Emmanuel and to the greater world. What gifts do you have that are not fully engaged? We need your help, we need you to offer more of yourself to the others in our church. I pray that you might reflect on the gifts that you have been given and consider how you might offer these to our church. There are many many opportunities for ministry here, and where we don’t have a program or ministry that matches up with your gifts, there is room for the Spirit to move us to do something new, something different. As we move into the late summer and fall, you will hear about opportunities to give your gifts here at Emmanuel. I pray that you might offer a bit of the many gifts you have to others in our community, knowing that in giving freely a bit of your abundance you will also receive abundantly.
In gratitude for all you are, and all you give,