Dear Members and Friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church-
“You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters . . . but serve
each other through love. ” (Galatians 5:13 CEB)
This year’s stewardship theme challenges us to reflect on how we use our gifts to live out our faith in Jesus Christ. Reflecting on our time, talent, and treasure, we all have abilities and gifts to offer and yet, it is far easier to take a backseat and watch others serve on our behalf. What gift have you been reluctant to share? What’s holding you back from offering your God given gift?
How Will You Serve?
In John Calvin’s church in Geneva during the 16th century, following the charge and benediction, believers were invited to express their faithful response by dropping a coin or two in an alms box as they exited the sanctuary. This ethical and tangible act, no matter how small or large, was deeply connected to the spiritual life of the individual. At that time, serving others, supporting the poor, and loving one’s neighbor were as important as taking Communion. Thus, the question, How Will You Serve? connects us with Calvin’s vision for the church. It asked us to consider how our lives reflect God’s justice and compassion in the world. Indeed, while stewardship in the church is about tithing, budgets, and making a financial commitment, it is also about actively sharing the gifts God has so graciously given us. On October 15, 2017, I will preach a sermon entitled, “How Will You Serve?” And similar to Calvin’s alms box, following my benediction, we will have the opportunity to begin answering this very important and spiritual question.
The symbol of a heart resting the palm of a human hand is not new. It is the image Calvin used to seal his many letters to congregants in 1540. At that time, there were no words attached to this symbol. Rather, there was an unspoken understanding that, as people who follow the teachings of Christ, we continually offer our hearts to God and one another. As Calvin wrote so long ago: “My heart I offer to you Lord, promptly and sincerely.” As we venture into this Stewardship season, let us meditate on this image and reflect on the size of own hearts.
How Will You Serve?