Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
The Great Fifty Days of Easter is a time when we recall the Resurrected Lord returning to encourage the disciplines to continue the ministry begun with Jesus leadership. The Gospel readings on Sundays relay the stories of Jesus appearances. Further, each week we have readings from Acts to reveal how the disciples lived into this call. At Ascension, we will have a preaching series that focuses on the readings from Acts. The series title is "Acting on Faith" which draws on the actions of the disciples, but also how we may feel called to act in light of the Resurrected Lord.
Part of this, responding to God's call, is prayerful discernment. Asking ourselves, what am I called to do? Further, we can pray and discern what spiritual gifts we may have. This Sunday (April 28th) our 9am formation hour will include a session on Spiritual Gifts. I will offer a short overview, then there will be time to complete a spiritual gifts assessment. This can be helpful, even if you have completed one before. There will also be some information as to how we might each serve at Ascension, once we know what our gifts are. If you'd like to get a head start, you can see some of the information and take the assessment here.
We wanted to offer this session before our Ministry Fair on May 5th. Having considered our spiritual gifts and how we might use them, the Ministry Fair will offer us all an opportunity to learn more about the various ministries already happening at Ascension. It is a time when each committee shares a bit about their ministry and notes different ways to get involved. It will take place at 9am on May 5th, but also continue after the 10:15 service to ensure as many people as possible can participate. I am also available to meet, during these times or by appointment, with those who are discerning how best to serve at Ascension.