Scripture is not static. There is a dynamism that is always present, often at several levels. There is the promise of a personal power that each of us receive, as the gospel is the power of God unleashed for our salvation. There is also the power given as the Spirit himself comes upon us. It is a power that reorders and reorients, stirring each of us to love the things which God himself loves. But there is also the dynamism that never leaves us within our own borders. There is a constant flow outward. From a central hub of our new hearts, the power is a centrifugal power, always moving outward. This is why we see the church being at the same time our parish family as well as our brothers and sisters in other parts of Birmingham, Alabama, the United States, North America, Europe, South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. The gospel and the Spirit give courage and power for our church in Birmingham, as well as for part in the wider body of Christendom.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
Almighty God, raise up laborers to tend to your vineyard, shepherds to pastor your flock, and ministers to proclaim your gospel. Give us the grace to discern our own gifts, as well as to come alongside others among us who are called to serve you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.