New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

Studying spiritual gifts, learning to work with them, and letting them work for the church can open up and expand fruitful ministry. . . . When we understand spiritual gifts and how they can be used to fulfill mission and ministry, we can structure the administrative life  of the local church in ways that maximize its ministry effectiveness. Recruiting leaders and participants for ministry teams becomes a clearer task and not one people dread, as it helps those who are being recruited to become better-informed decision-makers when they are facing opportunities to serve in their church or beyond. Persons serving from their gifts can experience greater joy in serving, and that joy spills over into the life of the congregation.

—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

Why do you think it’s important for churches to match volunteers’ spiritual gifts with their areas of service? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Paul wrote:] Brothers and sisters, I don’t want you to be ignorant about spiritual gifts. . . . There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.

—1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-6 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me to discover and use the gifts you have given me to serve you. Guide me to find ways to use my gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted October 30, 2023 6:27 am

    The church will maximize its effectiveness when the spiritual gifts are matched with ministry needs. This is a very good reflection as we come to our stewardship time , celebrate with other churches our church conference, and then do the business of the church.
    Off to get some maintenance done on the car. It’s a rainy day in the White Mountains.
    Blessings to all. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted October 30, 2023 9:29 am

    First and foremost it honors God when we use the gifts he bestowed on us to build up his church. Secondly, a person will be better able to do the job required of them if they already have a natural affinity for the work to be done.
    H broke his hip and is in the hospital.

    • Rusty Posted October 30, 2023 9:37 am

      Prayers on the way for both you and H, Julie.

  • Rusty Posted October 30, 2023 9:58 am

    Well said, Robert and Julie. I think the denomination I belong to has a helpful approach to this. Spiritual discernment is a major factor in many aspects of Parish life. For most of the church ministries (such as lay reader, chalice bearer, acolyte, nursery worker, etc.), one needs to be trained, approved and licensed (using a licensure process overseen by the Bishop). So often, otherwise, I believe groups find themselves relying on the same willing volunteers to shoulder the volunteer load across a span of needs. Through thoughtful discernment, hopefully most or all congregation members have an opportunity to match their spiritual gifts with a suitable ministry.

    Praise to you, Lord, for all volunteers and ministers, regardless of the circumstances!

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