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Experiencing the Joy of Generosity!
Each year we ask all of us who are members of the cathedral community to consider the level of our personal financial support for the mission and ministry costs of our cathedral [i.e. the operational costs]. On June 11th, we will begin a three-week stewardship programme called Experiencing the Joy of Generosity. We believe this programme will be a blessing to those who already are experiencing the joy of being generous with the gifts God has given to them, and we hope and pray that this effort will help many more experience the joy that comes from giving faithfully and generously.
When we give to God through giving to our church and others, we experience one of the true joys of being Christians. Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35). God accepts our gifts and uses them and gives us joy in sharing them. As we respond to God’s love for us by giving back to him part of what he’s given to us, he responds by giving us even more. ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you give will be the measure you get back’ (Luke 6:38). Although we don’t give so that we will receive God’s blessings, God’s Word promises us that when we give faithfully and willingly, we will receive an abundance of spiritual blessings.
Have you ever wondered why you are left with such a joyful feeling when you are able to give a gift to your church or to help a person in need? We believe it is because we are made in the image of God, made out of love and for love. To be made in God’s image means we are made to be like Him whose nature is to give. Giving helps us feel fulfilled as we reflect God’s nature. Our Creator empowers us to give joyfully to our church and other causes which strive for peace and justice, which reach out to those in need. With this attitude of joyful gratitude, God keeps us close to him, and others see His image through us.
Our hunger for fulfillment and joy brings us to the discovery that we receive those things when, by God’s grace, we respond with eagerness to God’s call to give. Like David, we exclaim, ‘But who [are we]…that we should be able to make this freewill offering? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you’ (1 Chronicles 29; 14).
We hope and pray that Experiencing the Joy of Generosity will be a blessing to you and your family!
Blessings from the Stewardship Team