I am imagining the disciples, stuck in a room together.
Yet sick of each other at the same time.
So stuck, they had nothing to do. And didn’t know what to say.
Can you imagine, followers of Jesus not knowing what to say?
But Jesus was gone, peacing out to heaven, to work from home, Jesus ascended back to his Father.
Telecommuting was just not the same.
So here were the disciples, stuck.
And, somehow, they were given gifts–arriving like packages in the mail.
The disciples unwrapped:
the words they couldn’t find,
the wisdom to take the time they needed
the knowledge to think on their feet
the healing to pass on to others
the miracles to see God at work in the toughest times
the prophecies to tell the truth to power
the discernment to see how spirits work
the interpretation necessary to understand tongues,
and the learning needed to speak in tongues.
All of these gifts were given, according to the disciples’ abilities, one body, one spirit, one baptism;
As we are stuck, remind us that we too are disciples, we too are gifted according to our abilities.
Empower us to be the body of Christ we pray.
Remind us of our gifts….
Point us to the need…..
And invite us into ministry and discipleship as you do every Pentecost we pray.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Plea/Prayer
Meditation on the Body of Christ
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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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