This Sunday we’re celebrating gifts. The word alone can mean so many things. Gifts come in a wide array of colors and types. They can be something that we have inside us that needs to be shared. They can be something that we offer to others. They can be surprises or they can be…well…gifts. We find them under the tree and Christmas and on our birthdays. We find them in the talents that are shared, like last weekend at Lazy F and here at the worship service at Aldersgate. We find them being shared by so many in this congregation, and this Sunday we’ll celebrate a bunch of them.
Jesus brought innumerable gifts to those around him. He shared fully of himself in every way and at every level. It’s why the shortest verse in scripture may also be the most powerful. Jesus shared not only healing gifts, teaching gifts, but also emotional gifts. It goes with the territory of sharing gifts. So to prepare for this Sunday please turn to the Gospel of John, chapter 11: 33 – 36.