Generations of Generosity Yesterday

Sermon Text:  Hebrews 13:1-8

The theme for our stewardship month is: Generations of Generosity.  We’ll be delving into the theme a lot, but from the perspective of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.  Where have we been?  Where are we now?  And where will be on into the future?  Those are the questions we’ll be addressing in relation to Stewardship.

            John Ruskin was hired by the Lakewood Chapel Council in 1952 to come up with a design that would be our first home.  Along with the artist’s rendering, John Ruskin penned these words:

            Only once in a lifetime comes the privilege of helping to build a church that will stand for generations in the community for which it is built...When we build, let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think as we lay stone upon stone, that the time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labor and the wrought substance of them, “See this our fathers did for us.”

            “See this our fathers (and mothers) did for us.”  Today we look back at our legacy … a legacy of commitment and love.  Commitment and love of God for sure, and commitment and love for a church family.

            How aware are you of our church history?  Some of you, I’m sure, know how it all started, but others may not be quite up to speed.  Let me give you a little history lesson for a few moments, as we think about Generations of Generosity: Yesterday....Read full sermon here.