"I am the Church, You are the Church, We are the Church Together; All follow Jesus all around the world; Yes, we're the Church together!" Song by Richard K. Avery and Donald S.Marsh. Word,c 1972 Hope Publishing, 1972
One of my favorite memories is that of my children coming home from First Sunday School joyfully singing this song. This simple song makes it quite clear about who is responsible and accountable for the support of the Church-meaning the MISSION of the Church - all follow Jesus all around the world, ah, there it is the Great Commission.
You and I,WE, are responsible for the continued growth of this Sharon church with a small "c"and Christ's larger Church with a capital "C". We EACH have individual ownership and the responsibility that comes with ownership. Church staff comes and goes but the congregation remains to carry on God's work. This ownership also has rewards - the Holy Spirit works wonders when we dedicate back to God a generous portion of what we have been given.
Second Corinthians vs. 10-15 tells us that God rewards us with increased righteousness, it promises that "you will be made rich in every way so you can be even more generous and thankful to God." God promises his Grace to those who are generous in supporting his Mission; he promises the gift of eternal life!! Do we have any other investments that promise so much?
Prayer: Dear God, we thank you that you have called us to own your mission at SCPC for 200 years. We are grateful that your Spirit has been constant among us in both good and bad times. Your grace and love have enabled us to do your mission in this church and in the larger Church. Please, keep us faithful and generous as we "Dream the Future" and move forward into the next 100 years. Amen