Based on the latest Monroe County data and weighing the impact in our local community, all church activities, including worship, will be offered online only. We hope to return to in-person activities on Sunday, February 6

I don’t know about all of you, but Derek’s sermon really spoke to me on Sunday. In the Christian faith, we often hear a lot about the unique gifts God instills within our lives in service to others. In Derek’s words: “God calls us differently as ministers,” and that really got me thinking: what am I called to do?

Well duh, Sam. You’re the Music Director (Minister). You already have a calling. Yes, you’re right! Music is a calling in my life, and I am blessed each week to aid in leading inspiring worship at First United. That said, I couldn’t help but try to dig deeper.

Long story short: What I ultimately landed on is that I feel called to minister by actively listening and learning from others. That might sound trivial, but I find there is great power in leading by listening. I do it every time I work with a music ensemble. Likewise, learning informs the musical choices I make, which has an additional impact on the world as a whole.

Were you moved to reflect on the ways God calls you to be a minister? Feel free to share them with me: Have a wonderful week!

Samuel Grace

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Music Director, First United Church