We are a part of God's movement for wholeness as faithful stewards of God's limitless love.
The Gospels refer over and over to the close relationship of those who are followers of Jesus. Matthew uses kinship language to describe how we are bound together – always recognizing “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among (you).”
At our best, we treat one another with love and compassion, conscious of Jesus in our midst. When we act against that covenantal relationship, others are instructed to come directly to us, speak truthfully, and attempt to set us back in good relationship.
It takes strong love to give someone the opportunity to acknowledge our faults and be restored to relationship in the church. It may take professional expertise. It may mean there is not only an emotional/spiritual cost, but a financial one, as well, to find a workable route back from brokenness to relationship.
Our offering this morning is one way you can help provide the capital to allow restoration services to be available when they’re needed. This congregation takes seriously the teachings we hear in the Gospels. Your financial gifts help make our training, our resources and our practice of building up this community possible.
Let us lovingly share our tithes, our gifts and our offerings.
With gratitude, God, we share these financial resources as signs of our desire to build up this community of faith. Help us grow in our capacity to love one another, be honest with one another, and hold each other accountable to be true disciples of Jesus, the Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.