From Your Pastor’s Desk
We don’t know about you, but we are sick of talking about what we don’t have. We don’t have enough people, we don’t have enough children, we don’t have enough money. We are so consumed with the fact that we don’t have enough that we miss the blessings all around us. Recently we were talking to the director of our South Dakota Presbyterian Camps, Jason Wiedrich, and he says, “we spend so much time talking about that we don’t have enough money that we forget to celebrate the real ways we are touching people’s lives.” Is that true for us? Have we been so focused on what we think we need to survive that we have forgotten to notice the ways we are blessed and the ways we are indeed doing the Lord’s work?
As we enter our annual stewardship season it is our deep desire that this season be not about what we need, but about how God has used our few resources to do great things. We are indeed blessed. Blessed to worship in a beautiful space. Blessed to have so much musical talent that shares God’s glory every Sunday. Blessed to hear the laughter and noises of children in worship. Blessed to hear God’s word of love, forgiveness, and restoration each week from the pulpit. How has God blessed you and your family?
Therefore as you pray, think about and talk about how much of your income you plan to give to God’s work in the coming year, don’t give out of obligation but give with a thankful heart. As Paul writes in Corinthians, “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Let us give thanks for the ways God has blessed our beautiful community of faith.
In Christ, Pastors Cheryl & Bala Khyllep