Our Gift to God - Sunday, December 18, 2016
Every year at Westside Community Church we set aside one Sunday in December as "Our Gift to God Sunday." It's a chance for us to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas and and give a special financial gift in honor of our King. In the hectic hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, we sometimes forget why it is that we even give gifts during this season. It's because of God's greatest gift to us - Jesus!
Is it any surprise that the most well-known scripture verse in the Bible is John 3:16? "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son. And whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life." Because God loved us, he gave. And because we love, we give as well.
So this year, let's give our first gift of the season back to God! We ask that each family prayerfully decide on what they would like to give, then wrap it up and bring it that Sunday to place under our Christmas Tree.
As always, half of your gift will be used for our ministry budget and half will be set aside for a special mission project. This year, our Missions team has decided that our Mission gift will go toward our partnership with the Honduras Orphanage. Last year, our generosity helped them purchase the land and lay the foundation. This year, our generosity can help them get the walls up and be one step closer to providing a loving home for the many orphans in their region.
Our partnership in Honduras is tied so closely to the heart of God! James reminds us, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress." (James 1:27)
So, not only is our giving an expression of love, it's an expression of the kind of religion that God sees as pure. I pray you and your family will give generously this season as God provides. No gift is too small or too large, so everyone has the opportunity to participate.
For King and Kingdom