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Come Find Your Gift

Steve Ranney, Pastor

 

In 2006, I spent three weeks in Cuernavaca, Mexico, seeking to take the little Spanish that I knew and make it usable.  It was a time of exciting experiences as I became acquainted with a new way of life, a new city, new plants, new critters (yes, I did experience a scorpion sting), and new birds.  I mention the birds because each morning as I awoke and got ready for class, I would listen to them singing and chirping to one another.  It sounded different than the birds near my home in Colorado, and it got me thinking about how those birds, simply by doing what comes naturally, could draw my attention to the creativity of God.  They did not set out to do that, they just used their God given gifts to brighten my day and remind me that God knew I was there.  Those birds, in a far off land, reminded me of the amazing God we serve.

 

In several places in Scripture, we are told that God has given us gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ, the church.  What that means is that God has built into us gifts that come somewhat naturally so that, like the birds, just by doing what brings us joy, we minister to others.  This Lenten season, let me invite you to join us after church each Sunday for a time of small group Bible Study that will focus on how to discern those gifts that God has planted in each of us and learn how to listen to God’s direction, so that we can make the most of those gifts.  The class will start on February 14 and will meet every Sunday, except for Easter, concluding on April 3. Please sign up, so that we can fit you into small groups for the class.  As we do this, like those birds in that far off place, we will sing the song that God has put in our hearts and remind each other and our community of the amazing God we serve.

 


 

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 and is celebrating 30 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

  • 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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