Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Growing up in the church, this verse of Scripture from 1 Chronicles 29:14 was repeated after the priest received the offering from the ushers: “All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee. Amen.” It was a poignant reminder that all that was placed in the offering plate, and our very lives, are gifts from God. All that we give to Him was His first. This is an important reminder in this season of uncertainty. The life of the Christian disciple is the life of stewardship — time, talent, and treasure.
1 Chronicles 29 comes at the end of King David’s reign. He is preparing Solomon for his great task of building the Temple. As he gathers the necessary items for the task, David reflects in prayer — "All things come of thee." As we prepare and gather all that is necessary for the fulfillment of the Vision that God has given us, it is particularly important for us to acknowledge God’s gracious hand of provision. How will we steward God’s gifts to His glory and to the growth of the Kingdom?
We will have many opportunities in the days ahead. You will be asked to respond to requests from worthy ministries like Radiance Women’s Center, Young Life, and Holy Trinity to give and to participate. There are service opportunities that abound in our common life, and later in the month, we will ask the people of St. Helena’s to respond to God’s grace in making a pledge for 2018. All of this is the normal life of the Christian disciple. Each opportunity is a response to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
My prayer is that God would make us ever more generous with all that He has given us.
All things come of thee, O Lord,