Sermon Text: Acts 9:36-43
I can’t think of a much better way to begin Stewardship season than with an original play written by one of our gifted members and performed by two of our other gifted members. I’m so thankful to Linda, and Chris, and Arnie, and I’m thankful for them.
In the play we saw fear lurking around trying to take over Stewardship Season and Stewardship Sunday, but I want us all to be clear up front that this season is not about fear and dread. Stewardship is about celebration, and gratitude, and a joyful response to God so that’s the mood that I hope will fill us and carry us through this year’s Stewardship Season. To solidify that association between celebration and stewardship, I want to invite you to kick off this sermon series and this year’s Stewardship Season by offering up an expression of thanksgiving, and praise, and celebration. A round of polite Presbyterian applause is ok, but I know that at least some of you can get more excited than that because we have Gator football fans in here, and if you can get excited about football, I know you can get excited about celebrating the goodness and faithfulness of God. So, think for a minute about all of God’s goodness and the kindness God has shown to us in Christ. Think of all the unmerited gifts God has lavished on you. Think of the community of faith that has nurtured you and cared for you. Think of how your physical needs are met. Think of how others have blessed you with their spiritual gifts. Think of God’s steadfast love for you, and the hope that is ours through Christ. Is that enough to inspire an expression of gratitude and praise? Let’s do it. Let’s get this celebration started!
Thank you for indulging me, and now we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled sermon.
Our stewardship theme this year is “Devoted to Generosity,” and that’s what we’ll be thinking about throughout this sermon series…See full sermon here