Jesus promised the disciples - and promised us! - that after he went up to Heaven, he would leave us with the Holy Spirit, who brings special gifts to everyone.
These gifts change us!
And sons and daughters were prophesying, old people were dreaming, and young people were seeing visions. We are asked to use all these gifts to spread the gospel to everywhere in the world. Our church was born!
Happy birthday, Church!
And we receive our gifts! Some people get one type of gift, some another. Here are two songs celebrating you and your gifts from
The Bible (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) names lots of gifts. What's yours?
: do you make good decisions? Are you a leader?
: do you have a great brain? Are you a good learner?
: are your steadfast in your love of God? Are you calm and strong?
gifts of healing
: do you help living things thrive? Are you a helper?
the working of miracles
: is this your amazing gift?
: do you know in your heart how things might turn out?
the discernment of spirits
: do you have this gift?
various kinds of tongues
: can you speak so people understand?
the interpretation of tongues
: are you good at understanding what people say?
How can St James help you use your gift?