On Sunday, we began our Four-week Sermon Series Creative Generosity, highlighting the truth that all is gift in our lives and our call to live in response to God’s unfailing generosity.
Set firmly in the context of the Biblical imperative for the spirit of Generosity (in all its forms) to be a hallmark of our Christian lives, we also gave a half yearly up-date, on our Vision Sunday – Finance & Giving Appeal.
Wilson Chan, our Youth Minister and Lynette Eaton our Children and Families facilitator, spoke passionately of their hopes and aspirations along with the challenges we need to meet.
Wilson spoke movingly of how people invested in him through prayer, finance and time, which has inspired him to live generously and invest in the lives of others. Disciples producing disciples. As Wilson remarked, all of us will have had people invest in our lives, confirming the deep biblical principle – that generosity begets generosity, which begets kingdom fruit.
Lynette spoke of her joy in seeing the children having their faith and lives watered and nourished by the generosity of all those who invest and contribute to our children’s ministry. But she also spoke of her dream that we could extend our financial commitment and investment beyond the current 8 hours per week, so that we could deepen and widen this crucial ministry.
We want to be a Church community that makes a difference to our lives and to the community around us. We want to plant seeds in the hearts of our children and our youth, that will be watered by the Spirit to bear the good fruits of discipleship in their hearts and lives. The world needs people with this kind of Kingdom dream, vision and desire.
But a dream without a plan, is just a wish.
So, we need to collectively invest in both the dream and the plan.
This is our prayer for today and into the future.
Back in March the focus was very much on the excitement we have around the kingdom fruits growing in this community and our gratitude for God’s good providence these past three years.
We now need to invest in these kingdom fruits in order to sustain them and to take this to the next level.
In Matthew 16:19-20, Jesus gives us these incredibly potent words of wisdom, on HOW we need to invest our money as Christians.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust will destroy and thieves will break in and steal – instead, lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”
What Jesus is telling us – is to invest and build up treasures that have lasting and eternal value. To invest and leave legacies that will bear the kingdom fruits of God, here on earth.
We all know the deep truth, that anything we invest in that has kingdom value, will bear fruit and have lasting value. This is the hallmark of what it means for Christians to invest.
So today we are asking you, the good people of St George’s, to invest in our Future Treasure
with Prayer & Finance, with these final thoughts.
• If you’re newish to St George’s and are beginning to feel that this is your community, could we please ask you to reflect as to how you might begin to contribute and invest in the life of this community.
• If you’ve been here a while longer, but for some reason you just haven’t got around to making a financial commitment, could we please urge you to consider this.
• If you are one of the many faithful people, who have invested and supported for this community for many years, firstly a huge thank you. But we would also ask that if your circumstances have put you in a position where your able to give just a little more, could you please consider this.
• And then there’s Mrs George. Because of Mrs George we have God’s church in this community. We are all the beneficiaries from the generosity of the those who have gone before us and we all have a responsibility to do the same.
Could we gently suggest, that maybe you’re now at a season in life where being a Mrs George or Mr George is a real possibility and you can now leave a substantial sum to invest in our community. To enable us to extend the hours of our Children’s Facilitator so that we can invest in the treasure of our young people.
Finally, everything you see happening around you in this church is mostly funded by you, so as always, we want to thank you hugely, for all that you give in time, talents and finance.
We never take for granted the generosity of this wonderful community and the reason we are seeing the fruits all around us is because of your generosity. We believe passionately in our dream for St George’s and the spirit of this community that is being built and nurtured. All we ask, is that each person prayerfully considers what they are able to contribute at this present time.
Whatever your capacity, it will be very gratefully and humbly received.
Grace and peace, Co-Vicars Josh and Gareth.
If you would like to make regular donations or a one-off gift to the church, you can do this by completing a Financial Giving Form. These are also found on the table at the back of the church or from the Office. Return to the office, 9am – 3pm weekdays
At the end of every financial year a tax receipt is provided.