Every year, the church budget starts again at $0. Every year, I have the opportunity to assess my giving to the church and recommit. Every year, giving is a challenge. How can I predict my upcoming financial year? What if something unexpected happens? What if I need every penny I earn? It is easy to stress about finances, even when things are going well, because we all know how quickly things can change.
And yet, God calls us to give. Our understanding of that call is so crucial for the development of our faith and our becoming deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Taking the time to really consider our giving is so important that we are going to be talking about this as a whole church for several weeks. I hope this curriculum helps you enter into that discussion. I hope you think about your giving, and I hope you talk about it with your families, small groups, Sunday Morning Classes, play groups, mission teams, and Bible studies. I hope you commit or recommit to give to the church, not for the sake of the church as an institution, but for the sake of your relationship with God and for the sake of the church’s mission for the kingdom of God.
We are all in this together as the one body of Christ that is Highland Park United Methodist Church. And as we begin to celebrate our first 100 years and look forward to the future, we can do so with gratitude to those who have gone before us, and with a willingness to help shape the church for future generations. What we do today, including what we give, matters not only to us but also to those who will come after us.
May all that we do and give be in the name of Jesus Christ and for the sake of the kingdom of God, now and forever.
Rev. Paul Rasmussen
Highland Park United Methodist Church