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The point is this: he who sows sparingly, will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully, will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his 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 you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:6-8)
Paul wrote these words to the church at Corinth concerning their expressed willingness to generously provide for the ministry of spreading the gospel throughout the land. Their enthusiasm for giving had encouraged others to give generously as well. Paul cites the churches in Macedonia as an example, “For they gave according to their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints.” (2 Cor. 8:3-4) They actually begged for the opportunity to support the ministry with their gifts.
The Macedonian and Corinthian churches knew that “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will provide thanksgiving to God, for the rendering of this service not only supplies the wants of the saint but also overflows in many thanksgivings to God.” (9:10-12) They were not only giving to a good cause, not only supporting the ministries of the church, they were also expressing their thanks to God, the provider of all good things.
“Under the test of this service, you will glorify God in your obedience in acknowledging the gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others; while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” (9:13-15) But here we have the true reason behind their thankfulness and generosity. They were expressing their thanks to God for the inexpressible gift of grace and forgiveness which they received through their faith in Jesus Christ. As we approach the seasons of thanksgiving and of gift giving, let us remember their example and may we be as zealous in our service, as generous in our giving, and as thankful in our hearts as were these early followers of Jesus. Grace and peace to you all!
Click below for the October 24th bulletin.
Our Administrative Council has opted to open our doors for worship. We ask that anyone who is not comfortable with in-house worship continue to worship from home via Facebook Live or by tuning in to 99.5 KMZN radio.
We want each person coming for in-person worship to feel reasonably safe, and if not we encourage them to worship at home. For this reasons we ask that anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 or who has been exposed to a person who tested positive to the virus within the previous 14 days to not attend. We will continue our live radio broadcast on KMZN and our Facebook Live broadcasts. Hand sanitizer will be available inside the west entrance and at the entrance to the sanctuary. There will be no printed bulletins for the service and worship information will be on the screens. These will be emailed out and persons who want a paper copy can print it and bring it with them. The offering plates will NOT be passed but will be placed at the sanctuary entrance from the narthex. When we worship with communion it will be offered using prepacked wafers and juice. We realize that you may not like all these recommendations but we are trying to help our people to be safe and also provide in-person worship. These guidelines may change at any time.
What is a bridge event? Bridge events are events that are held outside the church walls, preferably off church grounds entirely, specifically designed to meet and connect with people in the community.
Trunk or Treat/Harvest Fest: Sunday, October 31
Winter Carnival: Sunday, January 30, 2022