Allowing our congregation or diocese to come together to express their hopes and dreams for the church mission and life before being asked to fund it inspires us to be vulnerable, to share openly, and to persevere together during times of hardship; whereas not gathering to express our longings openly together early keeps us small, resentful, withholding and afraid.
As disciples, we have been given a glimpse into the dream God has for us as human beings, born to seek relationship with each other and with God. The question is, what do we do with that vision? Do we continue about our business, thinking that how we live our lives doesn’t matter as long as we claim to believe in Jesus? Or do we acknowledge the grace that is God’s gift of love to us, that can’t be bought or earned.
I have a huge box marked “Stewardship” which contains, among other things, a bazillion schemes for encouraging giving. Some new, some forty years old. They all look the same.
when we give away a gift such as a pledge card or a check for a mission or ministry; what is lighting up in our brain when we “give” is, surprisingly, the area which is usually reserved for “receiving.”
Interfaith Power and Light has been working with churches and other houses of worship in Ohio to help them become more energy efficient. As a result of the non-profit’s work, three churches have received the Energy Star certification from the EPA, a high achievement.
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