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I reminded of the words from the theme song of one of my favorite TV sitcoms, Diff’rent Strokes.  The words are as follows:
Everybody’s got a special kind of story; 
Everybody finds a way to shine.
It don’t matter that you got not a lot.
So what?
They’ll have theirs, you’ll have yours and I’ll have mine.
And together we’ll be fine!
‘Cuz it takes Diff’rent Strokes to move the world,
Yes it does.
It takes Diff’rent Strokes to move the world.
(Lyrics by Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring)
I believe these words fit perfectly with the ministry that we are called to carry out in the world.  As we are told in Scripture, the church is one body with many parts and we definitely need all parts as we strive to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.  Everyone has different stories, different ideas, different perspectives, different visions to bring to the table and into the church doors and world and you know what?  Thanks be to God for that!  It truly takes different strokes to move through the church, the community and the world in new, powerful and dynamic ways.
At St. Paul UMC, we welcome everyone to share his/her special kind of stories, allowing people to shine in their unique ways and bringing all that God has given us into the church and community to use for God’s glory.  I hope that you will come join us each week in worship, ministry and fellowship because we would love to have you be a part of the St. Paul family.  
As we strive to be the church and Christians that God has called us to be, let’s work together and yes, my Christian brothers and sisters, we’ll be fine!
The Reverend Scott S. Gilmer