Psalm 112: 4 – 6
They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright;
they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with those who deal generously and lend,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever.
Psalm 112 speaks eloquently about the theme of living generously, defined as being gracious, merciful, fair, and righteous. So then, generous living is much more than what we do with our money. We are called to be kind to one another, to deal with each other honestly, to be humble.
Living generously is an invitation to each of us as followers of Jesus, and he showed us the way: by welcoming the outcast, by dining with the poor and healing the sick, by teaching, by forgiving, and through his self-giving.
On Sunday, September 25, we embark on a four-week annual giving campaign: Living Generously. Through “Living Epistles”, you will hear from fellow parishioners about how we are striving to live more generously, and you will be asked to reflect on how our ministries here at Grace are empowered through the generosity of all our members.
Grace strives to be a generous parish. Some of us tithe, giving ten percent our income to the church, while others commit a certain percentage, make a one-time annual gift, or give as they are able. Although giving levels vary in the congregation, what is important is that all of us make a gift that reflects our commitment to living an abundant and generous life.
Each week, we are nurtured in word and sacrament. We are called by God to care for those who are ill or hurting, and welcome all those searching for a community of faith. Your pledge allows Grace to continue to fulfill our ministries to parishioners and the wider community which depends upon us.
The annual giving campaign is a time set aside to reflect on the practice of intentional giving so that we live more deeply into the abundant life God is calling us to live. Living generously brings us closer to that life.