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Using Your Gifts

Steve Ranney, Pastor

 

One of the things I love about the worship services at TPC is the amazing music we share each week.  Dennis uses the incredible gifts that God has given him to prepare us for worship and to send us out to serve God at the end of the service.  The choir, under the leadership of our new choir director Colin Stave, lifts our hearts toward God with the selections they share with us each week and support us as we raise our voices in praise through the hymns we sing.  As we give thanks for these people and the gifts that God has blessed them with, it can be easy for us to walk out of worship and say that they were used by God to draw us closer to Him.

 

While that is true, I would hope that we can also take another message from their service to God each week.  The message I would love for us to take away is that just as they are using the gifts that God has given to them “for the building up of the Body” (I Corinthians 12), God has given each of us gifts to use as well.  Some of you share your gifts through a wide variety of service to others, some through financial giving above and beyond the tithe, some through the ability to plan and organize the programs that we participate in, some through words of encouragement, some through inviting others to be a part of this wonderful family that we have at TPC, and some through countless other ways that you and God know.  As I participate in the life of our congregation, I continue to be amazed and thank God for the wealth of gifts we have in our midst.

 

As we gather for worship and allow the wonderful music to lift our hearts toward God, let it also be a challenge to each of us that just as the wonderful musicians that we have share their gifts with us, we can share the gifts that God has entrusted to us with the people that God brings across our paths each and every day.  So, as the choir returns to worship full time this month, we can offer our thanks to God for the way they use their gifts in service to Him and let it challenge us to use our gifts as we leave the sanctuary each Sunday.

 


 

Meet Steve Ranney

 

As we welcome our new Pastor, Steve Ranney, here is a little information to help us get to know him better:

 

  • Married to Kim Skilling who is a graduate of Princeton Seminary, is celebrating over 30 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and is now the Designated Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim

  • Two sons and a daughter and two grandchildren.

  • B.A. in Ministry from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota.

  • Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary.

  • Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Seminary.

  • Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1991.

  • Associate Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church of Centennial, Colorado, 1991–2006.

  • Pastor/Head of Staff of St. Mark Presbyterian Church of Ballwin, Missouri, 2006–2015.

  • Steve seeks to lead both by example and by challenging people to use the gifts that God has given them for the building up of the body of Christ.  Thus, Steve's main focus is helping each person grow up in their relationship with God so that God will be able to bless others through them.

 

 

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