God loves a cheerful giver
Giving to the Lord takes numerous forms:
To give of your time is one of the most precious of gifts. We live in a busy world where time can be the rarest of commodities. Being a member of a congregation such as Our Redeemer Church offers opportunities for everyone to serve, from serving Sunday morning refreshments, to serving on the church council to participating in various ministries according to your interests and individual gifts, to giving a helping hand when the opportunity arises. The most powerful gift of your time, while being the easiest to overlook, is that of prayer: prayers for individuals in need, prayers for a caring and just government, prayers for the Christian Church at large – prayers offered while firmly grounded in the knowledge that the “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
Prayers for our ministry here at Our Redeemer Church are much appreciated.
All of us have talents graciously bestowed by a loving God. No talent or ability is too humble or insignificant in God’s Kingdom and all can be used to serve the Lord in your daily life, in the Christian Church at large, or at a Christian congregation such as Our Redeemer Church. Do you have the gift for teaching? Are you organized or good with facts and figures? Do you have a musical talent or maybe just a desire to participate and discover where your abilities lie? Are you a good listener? Do you like to cook or bake? Maybe you are like so many who in humility are hard-pressed to acknowledge those gifts others already readily see in you, or you have yet undiscovered gifts still waiting for the opportunity to surface. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 All of us are part of the Body of Christ and no part is too small or inconsequential, and all are essential for the body to function as is explained in, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.
Being part of a church family is a friendly, informal, no obligation way to use your gifts and discover others yet unrealized.
Every congregation needs financial support to function. We encourage our members to excel in the grace of giving and assist them in making planned gifts to support the gospel ministry of Our Redeemer, and the Wisconsin Synod.
Despite this obvious monetary need, such support works in conjunction with the gifts of time and talent. Financial support without those willing and able to give of the first two can be ineffective. Those desiring to contribute to our ministry are humbly welcome to do so but are under no obligation. “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Whether it is time, talent, treasure or all three, always remember who gave to us first: