For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
— Matthew 6:21 (NRSV)
Many churches call the Sunday before Advent “Christ the King Sunday.” On this day the Church celebrates the authority of Christ in our lives and over all the earth and heaven.
At Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church we will also call this Consecration Sunday, a day when we consecrate the first fruits of our lives, that portion of our giving that we set aside for doing God’s work in the world. Doing so demonstrates that Christ is truly King over all the earth, including our income.
We have invited the Reverend Dave Baker, the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, to provide an inspiring message for this morning encouraging our stewardship of all the resources that God has placed into our care.
I believe that gratitude follows giving. When I am happiest, when I most appreciate the opportunities that I have received, I want others to share in my joy.
This Sunday we will set aside part of our worship service to give thanks, to show our gratitude, for all of the gifts that God has entrusted to our care. We do this by writing out an estimate of our giving to the church for the next year during worship and praying over our pledges. This estimate of giving helps the Session be good stewards of what we receive, putting each dollar to its best use. This process of writing out my estimate of giving encourages me to think about all that I am grateful for and how much I want to share my joy with others.
Rev. Robert Shaw, Pastor
Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church