Spoken at the 9/19/21 Vesper Light Service
Tonight, I will be asking you to join me in giving to Grace. I must begin by acknowledging that some in our community, especially now, are financially vulnerable. I understand the worry and the fear…how easy it is to clutch at what you have because you don’t know what will happen next.
And yet, we are called to give. Giving, and giving freely, can also bring us great joy.
So, just how do we find joy and freedom in giving, especially in vulnerable times?
How I do this is to focus very intentionally on the following Biblical truths:
First: God loves each of us more deeply and completely than we can ever understand this side of heaven.
Second: We cannot lose God’s love. No matter what happens in our lives, nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Third: All good gifts come from God. Every good thing I have in my life, including whatever money I have, is ultimately a gift from God.
In stewardship, I am asked to give to the church a portion of what God has given to me.
By committing to give a specific amount of money during the coming year, I am really committing to trusting God’s love and faithfulness.
Again, I can do this because I know that God loves me and will not let me go, that God has given me every good thing I have. Living in those assurances, I can freely give to my faith community—Grace.
Grace relies upon our gifts, including our financial commitments.
I ask that you join me in trusting God and giving to Grace for the benefit of this community, so that we may continue to serve God, to serve each other and to serve our broader community in the name of Christ.