​As I began to note the spiritual gifts shared by the first dozen people to take the Spiritual Gifts Inventory, something stood out to me: Nearly everyone had “Faith” listed as one of their top spiritual gifts.

​We are reminded this All Saints Sunday of the faith of our ancestors. Our faith has resulted from the faith of those who have gone before us, who encouraged us to believe, to “know that all things work together for the good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” — Romans 8:28 

St. Thomas Lutheran Church

​What might it mean if God has given a significant portion of this congregation an added measure of Faith? Here a few possibilities that come to my mind. Maybe you can think of others. 

Now, we all are afforded some measure of faith, and Jesus said “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed…” so we know even the smallest dose of faith goes a very long way. I am curious to see if this extra measure of faith is evident as more and more people share the results of their own inventories. 

  • Perhaps God intends our faith to be an encouragement to others whose faith is lacking.

  • Perhaps God is calling for our deep and childlike trust to move boldly into a future we don’t fully see.

  • Perhaps God saying St. Thomas isn’t just a namesake—but is a way of life for those who participate  in this particular        expression of the church. The disciple Thomas gave one of the greatest confessions in the New Testament. At Jesus’    encouragement, he did not doubt, but believed/trusted/had faith!

The Rev. Ken Albright

Dear disciples at St. Thomas:

Like those who have gone before us, let us continue to share our faith in Christ, who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, and everything in between.

​Called in faith together,

Pastor Ken