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 have received in the mail this week a letter about our stewardship campaign and the collective prayer we have as we embrace our vision: “Centered in Christ ~ Celebrating Community ~ Serving Others!” Please do spend some time in prayer and reflection about your financial commitment to our church.
Important Reminder that 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 as we dedicate ourselves to the service of God and support of FPCL's ministry. After the service we will have an extended time of fellowship and luncheon.
Please remember to bring your Estimate of Giving card with you to worship or you can communicate your intentions of giving by filling out an Estimate of Giving Card on-line by clicking here.
We are in an important and exciting time in the life of our church! I love our church and am eager to see all that God will accomplish through our ministry as we each give generously to support the important work that we are doing.
Grace & Peace & privileged to be on this journey with you!
This week's worship information:
Sunday's Message: Celebrating Our Vision!
Scripture Passages [first text is the focus of the sermon]:
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Questions for Reflection:
• In worship this past Sunday we were invited to consider “priority giving” which is giving that reflects the priorities of your life. What are the “priorities of your life?” Does your giving reflect that which is most central to who you are?
•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!
What shall I return to the Lord
for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful ones.
O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving-maid.
You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
and call on the name of the Lord.