This Sunday we gather for Commitment Sunday and, after prayerful discernment, offer to God our renewed commitments of faith and giving as we support God’s work through the ministry of FPCL. You should receive in the mail this week information about our stewardship campaign and our collective prayer to have an “Open Heart” that leads to "Open Hands!” Please do spend some time in prayer and reflection about your financial commitment to our church.
VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER: this Sunday we are having ONE worship service at 10:00am in the sanctuary. We will worship together and receive your Estimate of Giving cards [included in the mailing] and dedicate them to the service of God and support of FPCL's ministry. Bring your Estimate of Giving card with you and plan on joining us after the service for a luncheon in Fellowship Hall.
We are certainly living in a time where the need all around us is increasing…and therefore the opportunity for our church to make a difference is increasing as well. I pray that we all will generously support our ministry as we seek to be a source of healing and faithfulness in our community and world.
Grace & Peace & privileged to be on this journey with you!
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: GRAVITY
Sunday's Message: Open Heart – Open Hands!
Scripture Passages [first text is the focus of the sermon. ]:
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
1 Chronicles 29:10-17
Questions for Reflection:
As we continue with this fall’s theme, what is it that helps “open your heart” to the activity of God? What are the things that “close” your heart and inhibit your desire/ability to be generous?
When have been times/how have you seen your giving & generosity make a difference in the world? How about in your own life?
As we find ourselves in this season of stewardship, spend some time in prayer reflecting on all that God has entrusted to you [money, time, talent, influence, opportunity] and consider what God is asking you to commit to the on-going support of and work of ministry.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written,
‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures for ever.’
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
1 Chronicles 29:10-17
Then David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly; David said: ‘Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of our ancestor Israel, for ever and ever. Yours, O LORD, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Riches and honour come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your glorious name.
‘But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill-offering? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are aliens and transients before you, as were all our ancestors; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. I know, my God, that you search the heart, and take pleasure in uprightness; in the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.