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

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 12:4-6 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me discover the gifts you have given me and find ways to use these gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted April 22, 2024 6:32 am

    Matching the spiritual gifts people have with the tasks that need to be done is like matching the right tool for the job, you don’t use a plane to dig a hole , but a shovel. Carpenters build, not cook.
    God given spiritual gifts applied to the right tasks enable and produce results according to God’s plan. Thank You, Lord.

  • Rusty Posted April 22, 2024 1:33 pm

    Discerning spiritual gifts with church ministry volunteers is important because mis-matches don’t serve anyone. In my experIence, churches often have the same group that volunteers for almost everything. That is not fair to those individuals and it doesn’t serve the congregation well, either.

    Giving people a chance to sample ministries and find ones that best fit their spiritual gifts (guided, hopefully, by clergy) helps avoid burnout and even resentment while demonstrating to other church members that if they were to volunteer too it would be a thoughtful and meaningful process deciding where is the best place for those new volunteers. It also helps frame church “work”’in a biblical context and emphasizes the service to God and the Kingdom, not just filling spots to get jobs done.

    Now that I’ve written this it feels a bit preachy. Please forgive me if that’s the case.

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