This Sunday for Children's Time we will hear the beginning of the story of Pentecost, often called the "birth of the church". You can read it here.
The other Scripture Reading for this week is 1 Corinthians 12:1-13
The Sermon title is Spirit-Gifted
Early Thoughts: What gift has the Spirit of God stirred in you? When the breath of God stirs the embers of the fire in your belly what do you feel driven to do?
Maybe your gift is found in the list that Paul lays out. Maybe it is different (I doubt that Paul was claiming this is an exhaustive list of gifts, more like these are some of the gifts that the folks in Corinth are claiming and/or fighting about).
On Pentecost Sunday we remember that the Church is made alive when God's Spirit blows through our communities. The same wind that, in the beginning of our faith story, blew life into the lungs of Adam and Eve blows life into our faith, into our churches.
It is my belief that with that wind comes gifts. We all have gifts that we offer for the growth and benefit of the whole community (both inside and outside the church walls).
And so the question remains: With what gifts/talents/strengths has God gifted you? As the fire of the Spirit burns in your soul what do you feel called to do?