“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” — 1 Peter 4:11-12
Too often, we think of talent as a special ability like playing the piano, painting, or excelling in sports. However, one of the definitions found in the dictionary is:
–A power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement
Do you have the power to listen compassionately to someone who has just lost a loved one? Do you have the power to write notes to the sick and elderly? Do you have the power to cook a meal for a needy person? Do you have the power to pray for others?
God has given us talents “for use and improvement.” Our first task is to discern our talents by considering our occupations, our hobbies and interests, the input of others, the needs of our community, and our passions. Gratitude for God’s gifts should lead us to commit to using the talents that we discover.
The responsibilities of the Stewardship Committee include helping parishioners recognize their gifts of time, talent, and treasure, and to provide opportunities for utilizing their gifts in service to local and worldwide church communities.