Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Monday, November 19, 2018
We serve the Lord with love and praise.

A message from our Pastor

A Season of ThanksLiving

 

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!”

                                                                                                    ~ Psalm 107:1

 

            Each year, during the season of Thanksgiving, we are invited as the people of God to prayerfully consider our commitments to God for the coming year. Even though we know that the giving of our time, talents and treasure is something that we do and consider throughout the year, setting aside a special season for this emphasis invites us to intentionally and prayerfully consider how God might be calling us to grow in greater faithfulness as disciples of Jesus Christ.

            As Christ followers, we affirm together that all we are and all we have is God’s. All the gifts and blessings that we receive throughout our lives come to us from the hand of God, “from whom ALL blessings flow.” Throughout the month of November, we will focus on living a life of gratitude and thankfulness as a response to all that God in Christ has done for us. A special sermon series on ThanksLiving will challenge and encourage us as individuals and as a congregation to live lives of gratitude that reflect our desire to love and serve our Lord.

            All members and friends of Emmanuel will receive a Stewardship Letter with a commitment card in November, with an opportunity to prayerfully consider what God would have each of us do in the giving of our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness in 2019. On Sunday, November 25, we will celebrate Commitment Sunday where opportunity will be given during the worship service for us to return our commitment cards and ask for God’s help and continued blessings upon us as we seek to be faithful in all things.

            It is my prayer that God will guide each of us as we grow in greater faithfulness as careful stewards of ALL that has been entrusted to us. I encourage you to use the following prayer in your personal devotional time during the month of November. May it truly be the prayer of our hearts.

A Stewardship Prayer (anonymous)

“Oh, Lord, Giver of life and source of our freedom, we are reminded that Yours is “the earth in its fullness: the world and those who dwell in it.” We know that it is from your hand that we have received all we have and are and ever will be. Gracious and loving God, we understand that you call us to be stewards of your abundance, the caretakers of all you have given to us. Help us always to use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Christ in our lives.  We pray this with grateful hearts, and in the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Many blessings to all,

Pastor Nancy