I grew up in Boone, NC and we worshiped at First Presbyterian Church in Boone. My pastor during my childhood and adolescence was David Long. I was the only child in my grade and so my confirmation experience with Rev. Long was a bit unique. We spent six weeks together going through the Shorter Catechism. My grandparents offered me cash to memorize it…so I did. At the end of my Confirmation experience, I was $5 richer, a little bit smarter, and a voting member of the church. Two privileges bestowed upon me upon membership were the ability to take communion (we allow parents to decide the right time for children these days) and the responsibility to give financially to the church.
I had always brought a little bit of money to Sunday school to place in the offering. Giving was an important part of worship. I knew that from conversations with my parents. We give as a grateful response to God’s blessing and as a way to participate in God’s work in the world. When I was confirmed I was asked to make a pledge and I received a box of envelopes that corresponded to the 52 Sundays in the year. It sounds silly now, but those little envelopes were a huge blessing to me.
Every Sunday I would pull out the envelope with the date for that day and I would place my $1 bill in it and take it to church. I fulfilled my pledge of $52 that first year. I have continued to pledge and fulfill my pledge each year since then and have felt blessed to do so. The church may be made up of broken people, but we are also blessed and invited to participate in the work that God is doing in this world through our time, our abilities, and our money.
This Sunday is Stewardship Commitment Sunday. What if every member of the church –
including our confirmed youth
- truly pledged from the heart and promised to fulfill those pledges. I think we will experience a rich blessing from God – a blessing of a deeper and richer relationship with God and with each other.
Please take time to talk about stewardship with your children and be prepared when you come to worship this coming Sunday. Even if we don’t have “little envelopes” we can still give from grateful hearts.
To God be the Glory!