EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS A GIFT FROM GOD
Gratefully Sharing Talents
“Giving of my talents can be a confusing concept. Often, I confuse sharing my talents with being prideful or vain. For instance, I did not always want to write and open up my thoughts for ridicule. Was this humility on my part, or vanity disguised as humility?
Perhaps I was nervous about what other people might think, as I have always been hesitant to stand out or be a leader of any sort. As a child, I watched others take the lead, content to stay protected in the shadows. But as we mature, we must come face to face with the parable of the talents and ask ourselves what exactly has Christ given us for which He will ask an account?
Often it takes real self-reflection and prayer to uncover some of our deeper desires and talents. For isn’t it prideful to think that we are good at anything? Why yes, perhaps it is, unless we understand and accept the words of Scripture: “What have you that you have not received, and if you have received, then why do you act as if you had not?”
These are humbling words indeed, for we again come to face with our utter dependency on God. When we acknowledge and accept our life and our talents as a complete gift from a loving Father, then we can move forward in coming to understand how He desires that we share these gifts with the world.”
Excerpt from, “Self Gift: How we can Share our Talents with Others” by Emily Molitor, contributor to Seton Magazine
SERVICE ACTION PLAN
Our talents are special blessings that each of us has received from a loving Father. When we share our talents and gifts, we are giving something of ourselves, an intimate sharing of “who we are” for the good of others. We are helping others meet Jesus.
Take some time to reflect on your life. What activities bring you joy and allow you to encounter Jesus? How are you being called to participate in His work? Are you sharing His truth through your actions and activities? Are you being fruitful and effective without undue struggle? Are you continually developing your gifts, opening yourself up to the possibility of going beyond what you thought was possible? Do you share your gifts for His Glory?
“Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest thing you will ever encounter with your sense…if he is your Christian neighbor, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also, Christ…Glory himself is truly hidden.” - C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Begin charting your course for a deeper spiritual life by developing your own Service Action Plan. Use these suggestions as inspiration and set realistic goals for yourself and your family that will allow you to encounter Jesus and share in the work of building His Kingdom.
Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you discern your talents and charisms.
Use a talent and gift inventory to guide you in your preliminary discernment.
Attend a Called and Gifted Workshop to understand more fully your God-gifted talents and charisms, as well as how best to share them.
Commit to using your talents and gifts by spending a set amount of time each week/month in service to your family, parish and community.
Assess your current ministry activity. Every day we have the choice to serve or to sit back; to get involved or be self-involved. This year, is God calling you to do more for others through service?
Practice the corporal works of mercy by:
Visiting someone who lives alone, or is homebound or incarcerated
Feeding the hungry
Helping to build a house for those in need
Serving at a charitable organization
Become involved in ministries that bring you joy!
TALENT AND GIFT INVENTORY
What are your gifts? What talents did God give you that you are willing to share with others? Use the following in your preliminary discernment to discover how God is calling you!
Arts and Activities
Building, Construction and Repair
Using Power Tools
Using Small or Large Equipment
Business and Technology
Leadership and Management
Listening to Others
Praying with Others
Praying for Others
Reading to Others
Called and Gifted Workshops
Explore the ancient teaching of the Church on how the gifts (or charisms) of the Holy Spirit work in your life and in the life of your parish. The Called and Gifted discernment process begins with a workshop presentation, which includes Churchteaching on the laity and lay apostleship, the nature of charisms, call and vocation, as well as how to undertake the process of discernment.
Each workshop is from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Registration is $80 per person and includes: workshop materials, refreshments, lunch and an individualdiscernment follow-up interview.
Register at www.secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=c006b9
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Church of the Epiphany, Coon Rapids
Saturday, January 26, 2019
All Saints Catholic Church, Lakeville
Mary Kay Bungert
Stewardship of Service Ministry Form
If you are currently serving or are interested in serving in parish ministry, then please complete the Online Stewardship of Service Ministry Form. This will take you less than 10 minutes to complete.
Ministry Scheduler Pro
For those who are already enrolled in liturgical ministries (Greeters, Ushers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Sacristans, and Monthly Coordinators for Baptism) please go to Ministry Scheduler Pro under the Get Involved tab on the parish website and update your profile here.
We will learn how to respond as a disciple by striving to tithe in gratitude!
Stewardship Renewal Packets
You should receive your Stewardship Renewal packet the week of September 24. Please prayerfully review this material and return your Commitment form during the special offering on Commitment Weekend, Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. Forms may also be returned by mail or in the offertory basket.