I started by asking the children what they were good at. Among the responses: "Everything."

I started by asking the children what they were good at. Among the responses: "Everything."

This past Sunday, I preached on 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and John 2:1-11. My focus was that all our gifts are varied, but the same Spirit urges us to use them. Even Jesus needed to be nudged by his mama to do that trick with the wine. And something miraculous ended up happening. (You can listen to the full sermon by clicking on the podcast box to the right.——->)

In the sermon, I asked for everyone to write down their gifts, both the silly and the serious, the spiritual and the vocational. We need to know what all we can do so that we can rely on one another. We gathered the gifts and brought them forward during the Offertory.

Here’s what St. Nicholas Episcopal Church can do. Peruse this list and be inspired to use your gifts to God’s glory and lean on one another when you need something done. If you see a gift on this list that you need, let me know, and we’ll try to find the person with that gift.

Planning & Organizing
Thinking outside the box
Organization of others (5)
Facilitate
See the whole picture while being able to attend to detail (2)
Planning (2)
Problem solving (2)
Administrative work

Handy-folk
Building things (2)
Fixing things/home repair & maintenance (3)
Construction (2)

Academic
Write coherently/Storytelling (5)
Genealogy
Reading
Biology
History
Anglophile
Good analysts
Speaking German
Math (4)
Speak Spanish
English (2)
My education

Photography, Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Baking
Sewing & Crafts/Quilting/Crochet/Macrame, Rug making (6)
Cooking/Baking (8)
Taking pictures of mother nature/Photography (4)
Drawing/Painting/Watercolor/Art (8)
Coloring
Cooking pasta
Ability to create things out of paper

Personal attributes & virtues
Love of Family
Won’t give up/perseverance/determination (3)
Have an inquiring nature/curiosity (2)
Like to do the difficult
Like people/friendly (5)
Caring for/helping people (6)
Thrive best in chaos
Good mom/parent (4)
Sense of humor/laughter (7)
Generous
Thoughtful
Loving (2)
Fostering
Kindness (3)
Love to learn
Listener (4)
Hopeful
Cheerful/Happy (2)
Positive
Conservative
Loyal (3)
Good sister & wife/son (2)
Good person
Good worker
Good attitude
Tries best at all things
Trusting
Good at making people feel special/loved/comfortable
Seeing good in people
Encouraging people
Faith
Hospitality
Following through on projects (2)
Accountability
Praying
Relationship building
Honesty/bluntness

Athletics
Walking
Dodgeball
Good athlete (3)
Baseball (3)
Sports
Football (2)
Pool
Golf
Soccer (2)
Tennis
Snow skiing
Endurance running
Dancing (3)

Animals & Nature
Love/care of/working with pets/animals (6)
Nature (2)
Dog training
Giving horseback riding lessons (2)
Dog training
Horseback riding
Gardening (5)

Youth, Children, and Teaching
Working with children/babysitting (5)
Teaching (3)
Good rocker of babies
Teaching & working with youth/mentor (2)
Cheerleading
Teaching children with disabilities

Varied & Wonderful Gifts
Source of odd facts
Good pen pal
Travel all over the world
Levitate grapes
Video games (2)
Eating
Playing Scrabble
Talking
Silly stuff
Crossing my eyes
Phone
Having a healthy family & friends that love me
Burden for corruptness of government & want to change things
Curl tongue
Firefighting

Music & Singing
Singing in the car
Love to sing (11)
Playing music (before hand problems)
Reading music

Finance/Accounting/Real Estate
Real Estate development
Taxes
Making money
Shopping
Finances/Accounting (2)

Compassion & Helping
Heart for people who have less that I do/Compassion (4)
Helping the disabled
Idealism in justice and service to human community

Communication
Communication
Computers/teaching computer science (2)
Sign language

Thanks be to God!!!!