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Sunday, Jan. 27: Everyone has a gift

When you show up at Grace Church this Sunday, come to the parish hall. Our whole service will take place there, as we engage in some reflection and planning.

Think about it: when you see this glass, is it half-empty or half-full?

That is kind of a cliche, I know, but well-worn sayings contain truths we often overlook.

In a small congregation like Grace Church, we often see more emptiness than fullness, what we lack rather that what blessings we hold.

This Sunday, we will begin a conversation to turn that process around.

Think about it: Everyone has a gift. Every child, every seasoned veteran of community life, every working person, every butcher, baker and candle-stick maker: everyone has a gift. Want to get started? Here is a short questionnaire to get you thinking.

In a thriving community, each person gives that gift. We name those gifts, we connect them with other gifts, and together we build a compelling vision for the future.

Look at that glass again. It is half-full of gifts, assets, blessings -- half-full of all that God has given us to be this community, to be the people of God in this place. Yes, there are things we need. But we won't know what we need until we know what we have.

After all, the goal is not just a half-filled glass. The goal is a thriving church, the people God has called to be in this place, with blessings overflowing.

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