Generosity and Changed Lives

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

The spotlight shines on two of our core values this Sunday: Generosity and Changed Lives. This Sunday we celebrate the generosity and grace of God in our lives as we make our financial pledges.

In his outstanding book on the subject, Money, Possessions and Eternity, Randy Alcorn writes, “God owns all things, whether we recognize it or not. But life becomes much clearer–and in some respects much easier–when we consciously recognize it. The question isn’t whether we theoretically affirm God’s ownership. The question is whether we’ve deliberately transferred the ownership of ourselves and all our assets to him. Have we invited him to be what Scripture says he is–Creator, Owner, and Controller of us, family, possessions, and ‘our’ money? Have we extended the invitation again after we’ve forgotten and taken things back into our hands? This self-surrender to God is the beginning of true stewardship.” Please bring your pledge card this Sunday to bring to the Lord’s Table.

In case you missed last Sunday, our newly elected Vestry are Ann Cushman, Joe Joseph and a one-year extension of term for Jim Garven. The 2010 budget was also presented and adopted.

“Changed Lives” is one of our core values, a reflection of our commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ that brings transformation and new life. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, the forty-day season of “taking stock” of our lives and their conformity to Christ. We have an outstanding resource to use for Lenten devotions and disciplines. Join us this Sunday as we kick off Lent with the Great Litany, a deep-scrub and thorough confession and cleansing of our sins.