Dear Sisters and Brothers
all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work
within us, to
accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory
to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations
forever and ever! Amen.”
is a month of Thanksgiving and celebration. On November 27, we all
will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day in the traditional ways which
are special in our families. Thanksgiving, for many, also signals
the beginning of the season of Christmas and so brings with it the
expectation and excitement of these special weeks which conclude with
the ending of one year and entry into another.
is also a month during which we, as a church, reflect on our
thanksgivings to the Lord for his faithfulness throughout the year
and in looking ahead to a new year of both, God’s blessings for us,
and our response in giving back some those blessings for God’s use
through his church. November
19 will be Stewardship Sunday
when we will celebrate these blessings and dedicate our promises of
giving to the Lord for the 2015 year.
stewardship theme for the upcoming year is “Glorifying
God with Our Giving”,
taking inspiration from Paul’s words quoted above. As people,
together, forming a church, because of our Lord’s presence in us
through his Holy Spirit, our purpose is to glory the Lord Jesus as we
experience and allow his mighty power to work in and through us. In
a very real way, we are to be the physical presence of Christ to each
other and to the wider community beyond.
this year’s theme, “Glorifying
God with Our Giving”,
the Stewardship Committee thanks our dear sister in Christ and
member of the Committee, Donna McCue, who was moved by the commentary
of the noted Bible Scholar and Pastor, Warren Wiersbe, on the
Ephesians passage quoted above:
Spirit of God was given to glorify the Son of God. The church on
earth is here to glorify the Son of God. If
our motive is to glorify God by building his church, then God will
share his power with us.
The power of the Spirit is not a luxury; it is a necessity.”
we give and in what attitude reveal much about whether we believe
this. We cannot be ‘church’ without the enlivening Spirit of
Christ – it is his Spirit which transforms a random group of
unrelated people into a cohesive, empowered, living presence of
Christ. And, if we believe this, we will make room in our hearts for
Christ’s Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is beating along with our
hearts, we will be strong together and we will not be fearful or
worried about anything because the Lord’s Spirit will bring
assurance will be visible to others and bring glory to our Lord Jesus
because it will be apparent to them that such strength does not come
from us or our circumstances – it is the gift of the Lord to those
who believe in and follow him.
you will receive a mailing with a ‘promise of giving’ card.
Please take the next few weeks to reflect on Christ’s blessings to
you and how he calls you to follow him in the coming year.
Prayerfully, seek the Spirit’s guidance and encouragement as you
make your giving promise, not in your own strength, alone, but
knowing that our Lord has, and will, provide all that you need.
our Savior’s love,
COVENANT: We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the word and the will of God. We purpose to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshiping God, and striving for truth, justice and peace. As did those who came before, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life.
Seeking God's word and will by sharing Christ's love through worship, fellowship and mission in the Congregational Way.