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In Anticipation of Stewardship Dedication- Sunday, November 11
Will You Pray with the Session for this Upcoming Year?
God Calls Us to be Faithful Stewards of All of Life: If God owns everything, and even we are His, then as stewards we are entrusted with everything- our children, our homes, our workplaces, and our neighborhoods. These people and things are not ours- but God’s- and that makes a big huge difference in how we relate to them. • What does it mean that God has entrusted your children to you? • What does it mean that God has given you responsibility to represent Him in your workplace? Your neighborhood? Your school? • What does it mean to use the talents and gifts God has given you for His glory, not just yours? • What does it mean to use the time God has given you for Him, not just for yourself? • What does it mean to live simply so that others might simply live? We do not exist merely for our own contentment. We are “blessed to be a blessing.” By committing ourselves to loving God with all that we have, we are taking the first step toward being faithful stewards of all that God has given us.
Session committed Wednesday evening to intentionally pray between now and this Sunday for our community of faith and the dedication of our tithes and offerings for the upcoming year to support the ministry and mission here at FPC:Endicott.
We are asking the congregation to also take the next few days to read and reflect on the stewardship letter you should have received. Then, will you take another step of faith and actively seek God's guidance for the 24 hours prior to Sunday services to meditate and pray on how you will commit your resources (time, talent, treasure) in the coming year?
1 Peter 4:10-11 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! ... See MoreSee Less