Hello Brothers & Sisters,
After some really unpleasant weather, it appears that Spring is actually arriving this week. Our family is very happy about that, as I’m sure you are as well.
You may have noticed that we’ve been intentional in addressing giving and stewardship this year. I believe that God is calling our congregation to see our regular giving as a part of discipleship and our spiritual formation. Also, I believe God wants us to increase our overall giving so that we can do greater things as a church.
Therefore, at the end of last year, I preached a message called, Giving as a Spiritual Discipline. A couple months ago, Dan Bisbee gave an excellent message called, Loving Generosity. And if you missed last Sunday, you can listen to Beryl Jantzi’s message, Money Matters According to Jesus, at our website or at our podcast via iTunes.
I hope that these messages have been helpful and encouraging to you. I know that I was personally challenged by some things Tony Campolo said a few weeks back, specifically as it relates to this subject. I’m sure you were challenged as well. I have been encouraged to see how you have responded as a community of faith. I have noticed that our giving has been going up, and that many of you are responding to the messages you’re hearing.
Thank you for listening to God’s voice and being willing to respond to the Spirit’s prompting. It’s a huge blessing to see our church family applying the word in our daily lives. Let’s keep moving forward!
This coming Sunday we begin a Spring sermon series called, Missio Dei – A Worship Series on the Mission of God. We will look at how the missionary heart of God is both the spark and the fuel to local ministry and church growth efforts. If we're captured by God’s heart for people and obedient to Christ (Matthew 28:18-20), then multiplication will be in the DNA of our church.
In our Roots series, we looked at who we are as a church. In our Brick by Brick series, we considered what we’re doing as a church. In Missio Dei, we’re invited to think about where we’re going as a church. What is our mission? And how does God want to equip us to be a missional church sent to those who live within our sphere of influence. In this six-part worship series, we will take a fresh look at basic Christian concepts like discipleship, evangelism, worship and community. I hope you will join us April 15 – May 27 as we explore the mission of God together.
Finally, this coming Saturday is the Susquehanna Regional Conference meeting. There are 14 of us who will be attending the conference at The Meeting House (Dillsburg) on behalf of our congregation. The theme this year is called Transitions. We will be highlighting how God has been transforming several of our churches through transitions of various kinds. Grantham Church is being featured in the stories that will be told at our annual meeting. Please pray for our team and for the entire event. May it be a blessing and an encouragement to the pastors, leaders, and members of the churches in our conference.
Have a great rest of the week! I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday.
Grace & Peace,
P.S. This Sunday we will be singing a new song called, O Praise the Name (Anastasis). As a way of helping us prepare to sing aloud together, please watch the lyric video when you have a chance this week.
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