Spiritual Gifts Discernment Process

copied from “A Spiritual Gifts Discernment Process”
by Michael Anne Haywood

Everyone has spiritual gifts

Everyone has gifts. No one gift is better than any other gift. All gifts are precious and are needed in the life and ministry of the church.

Everyone has gifts, useful, even necessary to the work of God in and through the church. The gifts we have are not the same gifts; each of us has something different that we can offer. No one gift is better than any other gift. All gifts are precious and are needed in the life and ministry of the church.

Paul writes in First Corinthians: 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. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds oftongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ….. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.

Discernment of spiritual gifts and ministry

The discernment of spiritual gifts is a helpful process for those who would like to be involved in the church but who may not know what they have to offer. The Spiritual Gifts Inventory Test is only one step in the process of the discernment of gifts.

The discernment of gifts is not a solo practice. One’s gifts should be affirmed by the community. Discuss your gifts openly with Christians you have a close relationship with. If you encountered surprises, share them. If you have some doubts, discuss them humbly. Ask for feedback, support, or clarification. Contribute to the affirmation process for the others in your group.

After one has identified one’s spiritual gifts, the process of discernment turns to the discernment of one’s ministry, the use of one’s gifts — living out one’s baptismal vows — in the church and community. The List of Spiritual Gifts makes helpful suggestions of ministries where you can use your gifts effectively.

Testing one’s ministry

Your ministry should yield fruit; bringing forth in you positive feelings such as joy and peace, rather than making you feel anxious, impatient or imposed on.

One means of testing one’s ministry is to match it against the fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians: “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

Ministry should yield fruit. For instance, if one has the gift of hospitality then having people in one’s home should bring forth feelings of love, joy, peace, etc., rather than making one feel anxious, impatient or imposed on.

What are your Spiritual Gifts?
Take the Test…
The Spiritual Gifts Inventory Test

Ministry Opportunity: Wechetowin Walk-a-thon

Calling all Volunteers and Supporters!

A fun morning of exercise and reflection on the progress of Healing & Reconciliation efforts in Winnipeg, thanks to the support of volunteers and people like you! 

The 10km walk begins at St. Mary Magdalene walking north to St. John’s Park.

Walking with Wechetowin
2nd Annual Walk-a-thon
Saturday, September 24, 2011

From St. Mary Magdalene, 3 St. Vital Road, Winnipeg
to St. John’s Park at Main Street and Mountain, Winnipeg
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Barbecue 12 noon – 2 p.m.

For sponsorship forms, to volunteer, or more information
see the poster for contact information.

An Urgent Appeal from PWRDF

Responding to the Horn of Africa Drought
July 14, 2011

“Here, things are changing by the hour and the situation has never been this bad”, communicated the Dadaab refugee camp in Somalia, which hosts 370,000 people and is currently receiving about 1300 new arrivals a day.

The worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in six decades is currently affecting up to 10 million people.  The United Nations describes the situation in the region as the most severe food security emergency in the world today, with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network warning that the response is “inadequate to prevent a further deterioration”. Levels of severe, acute malnutrition in this area, particularly among children, are also of great concern.  The mix of drought, skyrocketing food prices, food shortages, and deaths of livestock in large numbers has combined to make this situation a devastating one for millions of people in the region.

PWRDF, through the ACT Alliance, is responding to this emergency.  ACT is a global coalition of 111 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance, and advocacy.  The current needs as discussed with ACT members are as follows:

Kenya: Food distribution; supplementary feeding for nutrition targeting children, the elderly and nursing mothers; and water supply are the needs during the crisis phase. Farmers will need seeds, fertilizers and livestock restocking for the recovery process.

Ethiopia: Food distribution, water supply– including the rehabilitation of water points and water harvesting; livestock restocking, and rehabilitation of pasture and growing of future animal feed.

Somalia: The Programme Coordinator for the Somali Refugee Program who was in the Dadaab refugee camp, which hosts 370,000 people and is currently receiving about 1300 new arrivals a day, communicated on July 13, “Here, things are changing by the hour and the situation has never been this bad”.

To donate, visit PWRDF.

A steady adult hand directs a cup of precious water to an infant in the Borena region of south Ethiopia. ACT/DCA/Binyan Mengesha

Day of Solidarity: June 20


June 20 in support of the UN Declaration
on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


We seek to heal and renew the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people because inequality and injustice cannot be of God.

Suicide rates among Indigenous youth between 15 and 24 years are five to six times higher than the national average. For Inuit youth in particular, it’s 11 times higher. Suicide accounts for 25% of all deaths among Indigenous youth.

When confronted with such despair, it’s easy to feel hopeless and helpless. Becoming aware of the legacy of colonization is not easy. We may feel ashamed of the inequality that divides Indigenous peoples of Canada—First Nations, Inuit and Métis—from other Canadians. We are challenged to recognize how governments and corporations have failed to honour the rights to the land and selfdetermination of Canada’s first inhabitants.

Yet these realities don’t have the last word. Together, whether Indigenous or newcomers, we seek to heal and renew the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people because we know that what causes harm, inequality and injustice cannot be of God. Together, we find signs of hope and we dare to dream the promise of right relationship.

In November 2010, the Government of Canada’s endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples represented a step towards right relation with Indigenous peoples in Canada. KAIROS and our member churches had long called for Canada’s endorsement of this important global human rights standard.

On June 20 KAIROS member churches, communities and Indigenous partners will join in a Day of Solidarity, urging Canada to take concrete steps, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, to implement the UN Declaration. We will bring banners to Ottawa calling for the human rights of Indigenous peoples to be respected. This is followed by National Aboriginal Day on June 21, which offers many opportunities to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous peoples to the history and present of our country. We ask you support these events with your presence and your prayers. Hold in prayer our common hopes for a just future, together in this beautiful land. And bring those prayers to action in your faith community and home.

Prayer

One: God of all people, Great Spirit, Holy One
All: Listen to our prayer.

One: Give your blessing this day to the First Peoples of this land.
All: Guide the elders and give them strength;

One: Comfort and renew men and women in times of sorrow and despair,
All: Give grace and pride to children as the daughters and sons of your creation.

One: Hear our prayer as we gather today to commit to right relations.
All: Give us a sense of justice, an awareness of new beginnings, that wrongs may be redressed, rights respected and a new covenant forged.

One: May those who have used this land with little thought or regard learn to love and respect this gracious heritage;
All: May those who find your presence in the land be free to model its grateful use to all.

One: In common life and common dignity…
All: May all people receive from you a new humanity. Amen.

Five things you and your faith community can do:

  1. Build relationships. Learn whose traditional territory you live and work on, and learn about your local treaty or treaty negotiations. Get to know your local First Nations, Inuit or Métis community. Contact your Friendship Centre; attend public powwows, Treaty Days or ceremonies. Connect with your denomination’s right relationship networks.
  2. Learn. Learn more about the Canadian history we’re not taught in school. Host a KAIROS workshop on this: contact us at workshops@kairoscanada.org. Learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the reality of residential schools, even if your denomination was not involved in running the schools. Go to TRC hearings; learn more about local survivors’ groups. Learn about the Indigenous membership and perspectives of your own faith tradition.
  3. Work for an end to violence against Indigenous women, who face a rate of violence many times higher than in the general population. Support vigils in your community, and support the work of groups like Families of Sisters in Spirit, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Walk 4 Justice, and more.
  4. Go global. Learn about the UN Declaration and the worldwide concerns and movement that brought it to birth after thirty years of work. Reflect on the struggles that made the Declaration necessary, and think about how to put into action here in Canada.
  5. Listen to what Indigenous communities say about their beliefs, their needs and their hopes. Listen, especially when stories are hard to hear. Be open to challenging your own beliefs and assumptions.

About KAIROS

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives is a faithful movement for human rights and ecological justice, uniting the local and the global.

Our founding members are: The Anglican Church of Canada, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the United Church of Canada, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Religious Conference, the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada, and the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF).

More information: www.kairoscanada.org.

Mission Statement

St. John’s is pleased to announce our new mission statement:

As the mother church within the Diocese of Rupert’s Land, St. John’s Cathedral is an inclusive parish, whose Primary Ministries are:

  • To welcome all who come for worship and fellowship;
  • To nurture people in the Christian faith;  and
  • To share in God’s mission in the community, the diocese, and the world.

So what does this mean?

God is actively at work right now.
Join Him.

Sharing in God’s mission first recognizes that God is already at work in the community, the diocese and the world, and so  –  by virtue of our baptism  –  we are invited to discover where God is at work and join God in this work.

As members of St. John’s, let us pray to this end.

A Message From The Diocesan Office: Anglicans Called to Action for Southern Sudan

Large-scale humanitarian crisis in Southern Sudan: 20,000 People Flee Attack

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled southward and are seeking shelter and assistance.

Bishop Don has received word from Bishop Abraham Nhial of the Diocese of Aweil that Abyei, the disputed border region between the North and the South has been invaded and occupied by the (Northern) Sudanese Armed forces. This is a direct violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, and has been condemned by the United Nations and by the Government of Canada.  Tens of thousands of Southern Sudanese refugees have fled southward and are seeking shelter and assistance. Abyei is part of the Diocese of Aweil and is currently overwhelmed by this large-scale humanitarian crisis.

In his communiqué, Bishop Nhial states: “I want you all to share this situation with as many people as you can for prayers and financial support; we need to help the displaced people. Please take time to read the written report below from Diocesan Secretary, the Rev. Stephen Mou. Please continue praying for us in this difficult time in our life.”

How we can help:

we need to help the displaced people

  • Please offer special prayers in your Sunday service for the people of Abyei and of Southern Sudan in general.
  • An on-line petition to our Foreign Affairs minister has been developed to try to ensure that the Canadian Government assists in providing immediate humanitarian assistance to regions that are now struggling with providing food and services to tens of thousands of refugees and to ask Canada to exercise its diplomatic authority with the Government of The Sudan to stop the invasion, and to enable a rapid and democratic settlement to the disputed area of Abyei.  Please circulate this on-line petition as widely as possible and encourage persons to sign-on.
    online petition
  • Donate funds: PWRDF’s Humanitarian Response Coordinator, Naba Gurung has been in consultation with the Anglican Alliance and subsequently in conversation with the ACT Alliance about agencies and churches responding.  PWRDF is able to receive donations for this urgent need.
    donate online

Rev. Stephen M. Mou Reports

Rev. Stephen M. Mou
Secretary of the Diocese of Aweil
Aweil Downtown, Southern Sudan

Sudanese forces attacking Abyei claimed the possession of Abyei town on Saturday at round 8pm. The whole town was completely set on fire, and according to Rev. Nathaniel Maral Mayom, the current senior priest of the Episcopal Church in Sudan in Abyei.  Approximately 20,000 people fled Abyei to many different bushes and others ran towards South Sudan towns of Warrap State.

Large numbers have arrived in Agok town in Twic area, and more others ran to small towns in Twic County in Warrap State. The majority of displaced persons are still in the bush, including two priests of Episcopal Church of the Sudan, Rev. Santino Akec and Rev. John Manayang. They are still not identified where they ran to. Rev. Santino Jok arrived in Agok last night and reported that he was forced to ran to a place called Rum-Ajang-Deng but he hasn’t heard or knows where Rev. Akec and Rev. Manyang have fled.

All the civilians are now on streets and in bushes with no food, no shelter, no water and no medical assistance.

The situation on the ground is worse, said Rev. Maral. All the civilians are now down on streets and in bushes, no food, no shelters, no water and no medical assistance. The situation was intensified last night by heavy rain fall in Agok area. Displaced people and children are seriously affected under trees in Agok.

Agok ECS School has accommodated 2,800 displaced people despite the fact that Agok School has very limited space to accommodate such huge number of people; there no options but such deteriorating conditions forces us to accept them in. The majority are still under the trees with children, sick people and elderly people. Aweil Diocese is left with no choices but raise the voice of voiceless for relief assistance.

Aweil Diocese is calling for urgent support for the civilians who are now lying on the ground without medical attention, shelters, food and water. People with communicable diseases are forced to sleep together with healthy people and this could spread the effect of disease all displaced people if no urgent humanitarian relief intervention reach them before the end of this week.

More Information is Available on:
The Helping Hands for Southern Sudan Winnipeg Blog
The Diocese’s  Facebook page has been updated to inform our community about the Abyei situation. 

Ministry Opportunity: Sunday School Banners

Help celebrate our Sunday School!

In this church building we are surrounded by banners. Some “banners” are made of fabric, some are not. There are flags, stained glass, mosaics, pulpit hangings, altar hangings; Cathedral, Diocese and Baptism hangings.

It is suggested we have a banner to celebrate Sunday School, perhaps hanging from high between the nave and narthex and would appear at those times during the year when we celebrate our Sunday School.

If this idea is of interest to you we would appreciate your help, along with our Sunday School, in its design.

Ministry in Action: Thank you, Volunteers

National Volunteer Week

This past week, Canadians celebrated National Volunteer Week. We would like to take a moment to thank all the volunteers that make the work of our church possible. Thank you.

Interested in volunteering at St. Johns?
Take a look at some ways you can get involved in ministry.

Treated to something special

Served alongside the cake to honour the work of our volunteers, was Barb Swanson’s delicious Carrot, Zucchini, Pineapple Muffins. Barb graciously donates her time and baking to the Coffee Time Ministry at our church. After the 10:30 morning service on Sunday, people are invited to meet at the back of the cathedral for coffee, tea, juice and baking provided by volunteers, like Barb. As we sit and enjoy these tasty treats, we get an opportunity to meet new people and visit with old friends. This fellowship is truly the gift given by the volunteers of St. John’s Coffee Time Ministry. Our volunteers are truly something special!

the gift given by the volunteers of St. John’s Coffee Time Ministry is an opportunity to meet new people and visit with old friends

Barb’s Muffins with the Most

If you would like to treat yourself to something special, why not whip up a batch of Barb’s muffins? These muffins have a great list of ingredients including zucchini, carrot, pineapple, coconut and raisins. I love them so much, I had to ask Barb for her recipe, and she was nice enough to share. Thanks, Barb.

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