Gifts for Sharing

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The kind heart of a woman failed
and men were sent to plead,
"Dear Peter, come to Joppa now.
for Dorcas is in need.
Restore her to the charities
that we have come to know.
She has a gift for sewing that
has helped the church to grow."

A clever merchant, Lydia,
in ancient Philippi,
grew wealthy selling purple goods,
as Paul did testify,
"This woman shares her fortune to
support us where we go.
She has a gift for business that
has helped the church to grow."

Priscilla and Aquila worked
with Paul at making tents,
while teaching, preaching God in Christ
to Corinth residents.
Apollos said, "What I have learned
has set my faith aglow.
They have a gift for teaching that
has helped the church to grow."

No matter where we work or live
or worship in this land,
you grace us with your presence, God,
and gift us by your hand
with talents, skills, abilities
more useful than we know.
We all have gifts for sharing that
can help the church to grow.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >

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First Line: The kind heart of a woman failed
Title: Gifts for Sharing
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1997)
Meter: D
Source: Time Now to Gather
Language: English


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