West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 07, 2013
We enter the Advent season fresh from our celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. That context of gratitude prepares our hearts for hearing again the wonderful story of how God heard the cries of God’s people and sent Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and to teach us how to live as God intends us to live.
Part of my gratitude is toward our congregation. This fall we conducted a different kind of stewardship program. We focused on getting as many of our people as possible to attend worship and a luncheon on November 17. A large crowd of us heard a dynamic and powerful sermon from our guest, Rev. Rick McKinley. He reminded us of how God views our money and possessions, and of our response of giving in return. Then we filled out our Estimate of Giving cards (pledges) and had lunch together.
I am grateful to you for being willing to try something new, and to the many of you who were there on November 17. (If you were not there that day we will be glad for you to fill out an Estimate of Giving card; just let the church office know if you need a card.)
I believe we have strengthened our understanding of what our faith teaches about money and possessions. And we have been reminded of our grateful response to God as expressed in our giving, our serving and our living.
As we now enter the season of Advent may we do so grateful for God’s greatest gift to us – the Savior whose birth we celebrate.