Offering My Gifts

“To each is given the expression of the Spirit for the common good.”  1 Corinthians 12:7

Dear People of St. David’s,

I pray that you and yours are well in these final days of summer. I hope it’s been a good summer, but know that some of us are getting ready to return to school or send our kids to school. Some of us are beginning to think about stepping up in our work as we return from time away. Others of us are enjoying the fruits of retirement and keeping with a more relaxed pace of life. All of us are thinking about what it means to return to “polite society,” wondering what kind of life we’re going to take up now that the virus seems to be settling down. We’re asking, where am I going to spend my time and use my gifts? What activities am I going to take up or step away from?

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it will mean to us to return to polite society, a world where we choose to be involved and be with other people. These past two years have led many of us to step away from activities and commitments that were closed to us during the pandemic, but now we have more choices to get involved or get back involved. We humans are made for physical community, for physical involvement, and now is a good time to commit or recommit to people and activities that are important to us.

My prayer and hope are that more of us will make St. David’s a place to which we will make a commitment to spend our time and use our gifts, to build up our community, and make a difference in the world. Oh, we’ll continue to livestream the worship and other offerings, but a healthy church is one in which we come together to use all the gifts God has given us to worship, build a community of love, and make a difference in the world.

So, as we get ready to step out of our summer walks of life, let me invite you to a time of prayer about where God is calling you to share your gifts and time. All our gifts are essential so that we can continue to be this powerful church on the mission of knowing God in Jesus Christ and making Christ known to others.

Grace and Peace,
The Rev. W. Frank Allen