God’s Amazing Generosity!
October’s bright blue weather is already upon us. This is a magnificent time of year and one of my favorites. I love the fall because of the beautiful colors which are beginning to tinge the trees and because of the crops being harvested in little garden plots and from huge fields. Fall is filled with reminders of the abundance and God’s Amazing Generosity.
Thousands of churches across the land will use this season as a backdrop for annual financial generosity campaigns. We will do the same. Sunday, October 14 we will start on a three-week spiritual journey exploring God’s Amazing Generosity. We will study the following scriptures:
October 14: Matthew 6: 19-21, 24-33
October 21: Joel 2: 23-28 and John 14: 26
October 28: John 3:16 and 2 Corinthians 9: 6-12
October 28 will be Generosity Sunday when we all will have an opportunity to indicate what we hope to give to God through Dimondale United Methodist Church in response to God’s Amazing Generosity. Your response will help lay the foundations of resources we need to support our church’s ministry. We are a congregation with an amazing spirit of generosity. Your steady giving to the church keeps us on solid financial footings. Your special giving is astounding! I pray we all will grow in that spirit, responding to God’s Amazing Generosity.
Adding to this special service The Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band, again, will bring their unique Dixieland Gospel music. The band from Jackson, Michigan is led by my friend, Phil Bickel, who is an active member of Jackson First United Methodist Church and is an alum of the MSU Marching Band. He is a Spartan through and through! We have had a lot of fun with them in the past, and we are one of their favorite places to play. They really like us!
Following the service we will share in a delicious brunch brought to us by Finley’s Restaurant with the help of Ben Graham, son of Tom and Chris Graham. The food is going to be great, and we will enjoy a wonderful meal.
My prayer is that these services will be a blessing to us all. I know I am going to grow in my understanding and experience of God’s Amazing Generosity as I again study some of my favorite scriptures. I hope you do, too.
Right now I am asking everyone to make a commitment to be praying for our congregation and to attend these special services.
As I write this article, a hymn keeps running through my mind. One phrase is
“All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”
(From Great Is Thy Faithfulness, by Thomas Chisholm, UMH No. 140)
This was true of Mr. Chisholm, and it is still true today! Let’s all learn more about God’s Amazing Generosity.
I look forward to seeing you in church this Sunday!