We have a designated day/season on our calendars to be thankful and celebrate the blessings in our lives. It is a time to reflect and be thankful. As Christians I hope we reflect and are thankful all the time. I try to be but do not always achieve that goal. Sometimes we need to be reminded and encouraged to be thankful.
This Sunday, November 20, will be the Sunday when churches celebrate Thanksgiving. There will be patriotic references to the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. Pastors will connect the pilgrims to the Israelites and their flight from Egypt and tie it all together to being faithful and trusting God to provide when we are following him; all good stuff.
There are many sermons to be preached connected to Thanksgiving and they will all remind us to tell God “thank you.” We should take the same approach to the offering this Sunday. I encourage you to have your finance chair or other key leader stand before your people prior to the offering being received and talk about the following:
- Thank them for their giving.
- Tell one story from the current quarter where congregational giving has allowed a life or lives to be changed within and/or outside the walls of the church. (Pastors, allow some time for this story to be told. Let it be a part of your sermon time.)
- Remind everyone that all we have comes from God. We should thank Him for everything.
- Encourage your people to continue to be generous.
- Encourage your people to consider a special end of year gift to allow the church to be able to do even more mission and ministry in 2011.
This is a time of year where everyone tends to become more generous. We need to encourage our people to be more generous toward the bride of Christ; the church. The church is where God has chosen to do his work through us. The local church needs the resources to be able to fulfill the God inspired visions in our churches. Make sure you let everyone know what that God inspired vision is for your church and invite them into being a part of the fulfillment of that vision.
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.