Preparing for Worship: Money & The Church

Preparing for Worship: Money & The Church

John Haralson   •   November 10, 2017

Church in Hellissandur, Iceland.

May God be gracious to us and bless us,
      and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known on earth,
     your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
     let all the peoples praise you!
 
Psalm 67

Dear Friends,

A couple of months ago, an older couple was visiting Grace and worshiping with us on a Sunday. Their adult children are members of our congregation, and after the service, the older couple came up to my wife and I almost in tears. They wanted to thank us for being part of a healthy church in Seattle.

That was one of those very sweet ministry moments.

The existence and flourishing of a faithful church in our city is something to celebrate. A good church is a refuge in the storm and is also a community of people through which disciples are formed and shaped over time. 

God does beautiful work in the world through faithful congregations.

And, as Psalm 67 reminds us, God extends his blessing into the world by blessing his people. Another way to put it is this:

          As the church is blessed, the world is blessed.

This week, we will continue a brief look at how God desires us to steward the money he has entrusted to each of us. One key financial practice God has given his people is the discipline of the tithe. When we tithe, we bring a tenth of our income and give it back to God by giving it to the local congregation. By doing this, we are actually joining God in his work of blessing the church, so that through her ministry, the world may come to know God.

For those of you who weren’t with us last Sunday, it will help you to listen to this sermon first.

This week: Deuteronomy 12:8-14 (NIV), I Timothy 5:17-18 (NIV),
                 Money & The Church

Liturgy is here.

I hope to worship with you.

John

P.S. Don’t forget about the Grace Kids Open House that will take place during Christian Formation Hour (10:30am). Whether you have kids or not, it’s a wonderful way to find out what’s going on and ways you can serve.