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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.

For the Common Good

Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts

Christine Harman • July 2021

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For the Common Good reminds us that the Holy Spirit gives each Christian one or more spiritual gifts to be used for the common good. It guides readers to discover their own particular gifts and learn to use their gifts to serve others.

Examining key passages in Paul’s writings, author Christine Harman leads readers through a personal spiritual gift assessment. She names 25 distinct spiritual gifts—such as discernment, hospitality, compassion, evangelism, or music—and helps people explore scripture references on each one. After identifying their particular gifts, clergy and laypeople will learn how to apply them for the good of their church, community, and the world. This book is ideal for both group study and self-discovery. The book also includes suggestions for how to build a ministry team based on the gifts of each individual.

This book is the text for a Lay Servant Ministries advanced course on spiritual gifts. It also can be used for a small-group study.


Christine Harman has served as director of Christian Formation Ministries for the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for 11 years. Formerly, she worked on the Kentucky Conference staff for 10 years; her portfolio included leadership development and discipleship formation ministries. Prior to this, Harman focused on quality improvement systems through her work in the banking industry and served as conference lay leader in the former Louisville Annual Conference. Harman holds a Doctor of Education (EdD) in human resource and organizational development from Vanderbilt University.



ISBN: 9780881779585

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: July 2021

Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Page Count: 125

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BISAC1: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

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