One of the things I love most about my congregation is that just about everything we do is “potluck.” Each time we gather, folks are invited to share whatever they have to offer. The idea is that we are all guests of the same loving Host. On any given day, someone might bring sugar for the coffee, a jar of peanut butter, or a few pieces of fruit. It also wouldn’t be unusual for a pair of dry socks, a gently used paperback, or even an extra blanket to show up. The Welcome Church is centered on the idea that each one has something to bring to the table.
When the apostle Paul talks about this in the Holy Scripture, he uses the phrase “varieties of gifts.” Even as we walk together on the common ground of life in the “same Spirit,” we each have something special to offer the other. This is part of the richness of relationships across the generations.
This message is excerpted from the Bible study “The journey of generations” by Violet Cucciniello Little in the May 2021 Gather magazine.
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