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Mid-Week Reflections from Bro. Rudy

November 14, 2018

I Bring An Offering to You 

Paul Baloche has a great worship song entitled, “Offering.” It reminds us that worship itself is an offering to God. The chorus declares: “I bring an offering of worship to my King. No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing. Jesus may You receive the honor that You’re due. O Lord I bring an offering to You.”

Psalm 100 is sometimes called “The Call to Worship for the Great Day of Thanksgiving.” Long before we Americans established Thanksgiving Day, the Hebrew people had their Great Day of Thanksgiving. On that day, they came together to bring an offering of worship. The Psalmist encouraged worshippers to “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4; NRSV)

God knew our tendency to take for granted our blessings. At times, we are like the 9 lepers who experienced healing but failed to return to thank Jesus. So, God built into life a weekly time of worship and an annual Day of Thanksgiving. God knew we needed these regular times to remind us to do what we should do daily – give thanks to God. 

Song and prayer are two ways we offer praise and thanksgiving to God. The Psalmist also referred to another form of thanksgiving that took place in worship – the offering. “Give an offering to show thanks to God. Give God Most High what you have promised.” (Psalm 50:14; NCV) This is one reason I believe the offering time is a vital part of worship. It is not simply about collecting money for the church. It is an act of worship in which we declare our thanks and praise to God. Notice also, that the offering is something “you have promised.”

This Sunday, you and I have the opportunity to make a promise to God concerning our offerings for 2019. In making that promise, we are saying that we trust God to supply our needs, and we are giving Him thanks believing that God will be faithful so we can bring an offering to God.  The Apostle Paul put it this way; “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8; NRSV) God blesses us so we can give generously. 

Be in prayer about your Offerings for 2019. You should have received a commitment card. If you have not, they are available in the welcome areas around the church. Bring your commitment card with you on Sunday to make that promise of thanksgiving to God. If you cannot be present, you can mail you card to the Church.    

     - Rudy                  

Your responses to these Reflections are always welcomed.  You can email me at <rguess@tuscumbiaumc.org.>