Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Count Your Blessings- Give Out of Your Abundance.

This church is richly blessed and it shows in our abundant giving. What a blessing it is to see the latest update from our October 14 Sunday bulletin insert:
Pledges budgeted to date: $278,787
Pledges received to date: $264,503
Percentage: 95%
Peace Offering: $920
Hymnals: $360

As you can see, this is a generous congregation! Very few congregations achieve 95% of payment of pledges to date in October. Let's celebrate the fact that St. John's is composed of generous Christians.

We are generous because we know three things:
1. Stewardship is worship; Leviticus 22:17-22, 29; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 9:12
2. God owns everything; 1 Chronicles 29:14-18; Psalm 24:1, 2; Colossians 1:15-20
3. God comes first; Proverbs 3:9, 10; Malachi 3:8-10; Romans 12:3-8

Most of all, we owe God the acknowledgement that God deserves for our many blessings. We will have an opportunity to show God how grateful we are as we move toward Stewardship Dedication Sunday on November 4. As we anticipate a large response from this generous congregation, let each of us join together in spirit as we remember the words of that great hymn:

Count your blessings
name them one by one
Count your many blessings
see what God has done