When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it’s those who, instead of giving advice, solutions or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. —Henri Nouwen.
If you haven’t heard yet – this past week we welcomed Pastor Dawn Bennett of The Table to our building at First. With the invitation of the Congregation Council and the blessing of our synod, Pastor Dawn has moved into the office next to the Children’s Chapel. In the near future a support group sponsored by The Table will begin meeting two evenings a month. The ministry is looking to establish a clothing loan closet for participants in the support group. The Table is an authorized worshiping community of the Southeastern Synod – ELCA.
From Kristen Hansen:
There are links to some worship music selections on First’s Facebook page, including a musical service of Matins (morning prayer). New settings in different musical styles will be posted there, as well as other links to hymn sings and the psalms for each Sunday.
Send along your hymn requests for Pentecost! Please email Kristen your requests for hymns for the feast of Pentecost, and she’ll put together a little sing along recording posted to Youtube, for May 31. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests.
Giving with Joy
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under
compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
This verse does not have to be taken literally to mean that we must smile when we give. However, it does say that we are to give our gifts from hearts filled with joy and gratitude for all the blessings from God. Gifts from the heart are given joyfully rather than as an obligation. We give cheerfully and willingly because, through faith, we acknowledge that all we have God has given to us, and we want to return to him a portion of those gifts.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you entrust us with financial treasures so we can use them not only to provide for our own needs but to use them to serve those who are in need. Grant us faith to share willingly, cheerfully, and generously the gifts you’ve entrusted to us with others. In your precious name we pray. Amen.
Blessings on your Stewardship Journey!
Readings for Next Week:
Acts 1: 6-14
Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5: 6-11
John 17: 1-11