When individuals commit to membership in my denomination, the United Methodist Church, they make a vow “to faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service and their witness.” Other denominations make similar membership vows. …What effects does the church experience if members do not actively participate in the ministries of the church with their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness?
—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
—Galatians 5:22-23 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, thank you for the power you have given us through your Holy Spirit. Help us to live as faithful disciples of Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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