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“You shall love the Lord your God.” Matt. 22:37

Sunday, November 2

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission: Stewardship Commitment

 

The psalmist reminds us to “give thanks to the LORD, for God is good” (107:1). Generally I think of my stuff as mine: my car, my house, my money. Our faith calls us to a different perspective. As a believer, I am to be mindful that all good gifts come ultimately from the loving and generous hand of God. In the Sunday service, I am invited to present my tithes and offerings in the same spirit of love and generosity with which God meets me. This time is to be one of joyous thanksgiving, an opportunity to “let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Ps. 107:2) and demonstrate our gratitude.

Writing to the Thessalonians, the apostle notes that he and his colaborers had conducted their ministry “so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God” (1 Thess. 2:9). There are costs in following the commands to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, extend fellowship to the lonely, comfort the bereaved, and act as faithful disciples. There are costs in ministries of nurture and education that communicate the faith from generation to generation. There are costs in maintaining worship and proclaiming the gospel. While expensive, the work of the church need not be a burden.

Where is the burden in joyously returning a portion of the gifts God provides to be used in the work of Christ through the church? The invitation of Stewardship Commitment Sunday is to consider the rich blessings God has bestowed upon us. It is an invitation to make a Christian witness of our gifts and a faith statement in our generosity.

Charles Spencer, executive presbyter, Heartland Presbytery

Let us pray

Good and gracious God, you deal generously with us. In the gift of creation, you have provided every resource necessary for our sustenance and pleasure. In the great gift of your Son, you overwhelm us with your generosity and grace. Guide us to be likewise generous in our response. Lead us to share abundantly the blessings you have bestowed upon us, as a witness to our trust in your continued grace and generosity. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Josh. 3:7–17
“Guide My Feet”
PH 354

Ps. 107:1–7, 33–37
“For All the Saints”
HB 425, PH 526

1 Thess. 2:9–13
“Give to Me, Lord,
a Thankful Heart”
PH 351

Matt. 23:1–12
“I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”
PH 363

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 103; 150
First Reading Zephaniah 1:1-6
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13
Gospel Reading Matthew 18:21-35
Evening Psalms 117; 139

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