The Inside Column 14/7

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jul 14, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to church today.

 

No-one really likes talking about this topic, but I figure you can handle it – Money…

 

The vast majority of the income which enables the vision of St Barnabas to be realised is given voluntarily and generously by members of the church. Giving of our finances and time is something that the Bible understands to be a normal and regular part of being a follower of Jesus, committed to the life and vision of a local church.

Someone once said that financial giving is not God’s way of raising money—it’s his way of raising children! Generous giving to the work of God’s Kingdom, through the work of the local church, is an expression of our worship to God and a practice which guards against money beginning to master us.

We may experience times of financial hardship when we can’t give as much, but the Lord still wants us to trust Him in times of lack. He, not our wages or pension, is our provider. When we give freely to God, we receive freely from God.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.    – Luke 6:38

 

On Sunday 28 July we are having a breakfast followed by a combined service. The theme for the day is giving thanks. We are a church that has a history of generous financial giving. On that day we will be asking you to confirm your financial and personal commitment to the mission of this church.

 

There are a number of ways to give. Regular giving and one-off gifts can be by bank direct credit or envelopes. A Bequest is another gift option you may want to consider. Your legacy will support the ongoing work of St Barnabas.

There are pledge cards in the foyer. Please take one and prayerfully consider your giving. Bring in your completed card on Sunday 28 July.

 

The Quiz Night last week raised $3,200. Thanks to Richard Currie – Quizmaster and all who supported and helped in making the night a success.

 

Next Sunday at 6.30pm Bishop Derek Eaton will give the first talk in his five week study series on Life after Death. Please register with the office if you are coming.

 

Remember Pray Day on Thursday 25 July. Thanks to those who have already signed up on the list on the notice-board. We still need more people to sign up to pray during the day.

 

Have a great week!

 

Philip

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