Generosity that goes on and on and on

We’re about to wrap up our annual stewardship campaign. We do this not because we need money (although of course, we do) but we do this because generosity is a spiritual practice. Being generous is an act of faith. It shows that we believe that everything we have is a gift from God. We might work hard, but everything we have, all we receive ultimately comes from God. God wants to be generous with us, so we can be generous with what we have.

The past month and a half or so, we’ve heard from a number of people who are participants of GGCC. They’ve shared why they give, what this church means to them and of their faith in our unconditional loving God. These “announcers” (thanks Kelley, Dave, Lori, Maureen and Becky) have invited us to consider what is God calling us to give.

Tomorrow we will have the opportunity to take a spiritual moment and fill out a pledge card as an act of faith that demonstrates who we think our God is: a generous God.

Have you noticed the scripture verses that are on this year’s image for the campaign? It’s Psalm 112:3-4 from The Message translation. I invite you read this Psalm about generosity, pray it and lean into it. May we be people for whom it is said, our “generosity goes on and on and on.”

We’ll see you tomorrow at the ONE SERVICE at 10:00 am followed by lunch.

Grace be with you,


Psalm 112 The Message (MSG)

1-10 Hallelujah!
Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God,
Who cherish and relish his commandments,
Their children robust on the earth,
And the homes of the upright—how blessed!
Their houses brim with wealth
And a generosity that never runs dry.
Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people—
God’s grace and mercy and justice!
The good person is generous and lends lavishly;
No shuffling or stumbling around for this one,
But a sterling and solid and lasting reputation.
Unfazed by rumor and gossip,
Heart ready, trusting in God,
Spirit firm, unperturbed,
Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies,
They lavish gifts on the poor—
A generosity that goes on, and on, and on.
An honored life! A beautiful life!
Someone wicked takes one look and rages,
Blusters away but ends up speechless.
There’s nothing to the dreams of the wicked. Nothing.

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