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November 15th, 2020: Pentecost 24

A Congregational Letter to Morgan’s Point and Forks Road East United Churches

These are uncertain weeks in Ontario as we watch our COVID-19 numbers climb into record highs. It is a time in which we need to become increasingly aware of how to assess whether we are making decisions that are necessary for the safety and wellbeing of our family and faith community. The Morgan’s Point and Forks Road East Reopening Committee will prayerfully meet again on Monday, and every Monday during this time to assess weekly the direction we need to take as a faith community. God will guide us through this tumultuous time.

My sermon this week is based on Matthew 25:14-30. It is the Parable of the Talents. Jesus told a simple story. A wealthy man, going on a journey, called his three servants together and delegated responsibilities to each of them, according to their abilities. He gave them enormous sums of money to use. To one he gave five talents. To another he gave two talents. To the third he gave one talent. A talent, during the time of Christ, was a measure of weight in silver or gold. Yet, because of this parable the word talent, in English has come to mean a gift or an ability.

The lesson of this Parable usually goes something like this: Use what you have, however much or little, to the very best of your ability. Don’t hold back. Dare to venture out, and go for broke, because, at the end of the day, we must all hold ourselves accountable for how we used our gifts of time, talents, and treasures.

God invites us to live with all our might, to give it all we have, and to do it until there is nothing left to do because we have become all we were created to be.

Today, I am asking you to think about the talents that God has given you. I am asking you to think about the gifts that you have received from God. Perhaps you can make notes on a piece of paper to help you review your gifts. Then, later in the week, take a look at your list again. Add to it if need be. Look at the gifts that you have noted.

God gives us a variety of gifts to be used in creating a safe, healthy, and compassionate world. Not only that, but the really great gifts we receive are spiritual gifts of faith, hope, peace, and love. God offers these gifts to everyone who will receive them.

Ask yourself now, “Am I using my gifts well? Is there any way I could use my gifts better?”.

Also, remember that as we pray for one another every morning at 10:30, God grants us wisdom, love and peace to hold each other in God’s infinite love and care.

Much love and care to you all. Keep well and safe.

God’s Blessings,

Pastor Laura

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