Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Friday, November 24, 2017
We serve the Lord with love and praise.

A message from our Pastor

~ A Season of Thanks ~

“Living the Grateful Life”

 

            This is the season of thanks when we all are reminded to “count our blessings.” I guess a better way of saying it would be to “count God’s blessings to us” since Scripture tells us that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights…” (James 1:17). Every Sunday, we sing “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” reminding us each week when we gather to worship that our God is the source of all that we have and all that we are. Through Christian stewardship, we express that understanding.

            The word “steward” means “caretaker” or one who manages that which belongs to someone else. As Christian disciples, God places many gifts in our hands and entrusts them to us to be wisely used and nurtured for God’s glory. While it may be easy for us to acknowledge God as the source of our blessings, it’s a bit more challenging for us to come to the understanding that as Christian stewards, we are not owners of what God has given to us, but caretakers or managers of God’s gifts to us.

Every year during our church’s stewardship emphasis, we are all invited to grow in that understanding by prayerfully seeking God’s guidance and asking: “Lord, what would you have me do with the blessings you have given to me. How can my gifts and my life be used for your glory and to build your heavenly kingdom here on earth?” Throughout the month of November, we will explore together in worship what it means to “live the grateful life” as stewards of all that God has given to us. In a couple of weeks, all members and friends of the congregation will receive a letter and a commitment card to help us consider our commitments to God and the church for the coming year. I hope that we all will take time to pray over our decisions and seek God’s will for our lives in the use of our resources, both individually and as a church. It is my prayer that we all will grow together in greater faithfulness to our great God “from whom all blessings flow.”       

Grace and Peace,   

Pastor Nancy