Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
God of wind and fire,
We come to you this morning a group of people from different places, different histories, with different gifts, all given by you.
Help us to appreciate the gifts of others, to see those gifts and affirm those gifts, to tell others how much we value the gifts they bring to our lives and to the life of this church. Help us to speak to one another, to have the gift of honest tongues proceeding from appreciative hearts.
For too often we operate from a place of fear, concerned for survival, jockeying for position, only able to be "right" if someone else is "wrong."
Help us to take a step back from our assumptions.
Help us to listen for you in the wind, to feel you in the tongues of fire.
Activate us for you, O God: Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit. Amen.