Once a year we estimate the portion of our income that we will set aside as thanksgiving for what God has done in our lives. The amazing part is that we will do this even before we know what the coming year will bring.
We do this because we know that God loved us first. Isaiah told of God rejoicing for the new Jerusalem even while the old Jerusalem lay in ruins. In this new Jerusalem people would live as old as trees and neither cry nor weep in distress.
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 including those we have not yet seen with our own eyes. 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 our estimate of giving encourages us to think about all that we are grateful for and how much we want to share our joy with others.
I will have more to say about Isaiah 65:17-25 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 17th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
Learning to play a musical instrument or to play a sport requires lots of practice.
Forgiving one another also benefits from practice. How do you encourage your child to forgive small things so that they can be ready to forgive difficult things?
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