Our churchwide emphasis Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity is nearing its conclusion. Last week, we talked about “Cultivating Contentment.” In our small groups and our corporate worship, we addressed head-on our human tendency to accumulate possessions and wealth, and we discovered how to consciously change our ways. If you were unable to be with us, be sure to ask for your contentment key tag, which was distributed to the congregation.
This Sunday brings our final topic in the series: “Defined by Generosity.” What defines your life? Is it wealth? Belongings? Faith? Many of us live with a scarcity mentality, worried that we must gather and hoard as much as possible, saving for some imagined “rainy day.” Or we focus on self-gratification. But the Bible promises both God’s blessings and joy for those who choose to live another way. During the service we will be challenged to take action to change our lives by setting five specific personal goals to work toward over the next year. We will also consecrate our gifts to the ministry of our church for the coming year.
This week you will be receiving an estimate of giving or commitment card in the mail. On a practical level, we ask our members to turn in estimate of giving cards each year so that our Finance Committee is able to set an accurate ministry budget for the coming year. This allows us to make the most of every dollar given to the church. On a personal level, the commitment card is an opportunity for you to spend time in prayer and reflection, considering what offering you would make to God through our church in the coming year. Please be watching for the mailing. Then fill out the card and bring it with you to worship this week for Consecration Sunday. I hope you will be able to join us for this meaningful service as we celebrate and consecrate our gifts to the ministry of our church for the coming year.
I urge you to join us this Sunday as we learn how to live a new way-as people who are defined by generosity and who experience true joy.