PREACH ABOUT MONEY BEFORE YOU ASK FOR SOME

Do not be timid about talking about money!  In fact, be bold!  The lectionary provides ample opportunity between now and “stewardship season” to talk about the role of money in our lives as a spiritual issue.  People will listen to your appeal for a financial commitment if you have laid “a firm foundation” for understanding giving as a faith issue.  And do not neglect the issues of God as owner of all that we have and all that we are, generosity as a spiritual gift and discipline and the relationship between grace, gratitude and generosity.

  • June  23    Galatians 5:1, 13-25 “The fruit of the Spirit is… generosity…. “
  • July     7    Galatians 6: 7-16 “you reap whatever you sow”
  • July   13    Luke 10: 25-37 The Good Samaritan
  • July    20   Amos 8:1-12 “Hear this, you who trample on the needy…”
  • July    27   Colossians 2: 6-15 “…abounding in thanksgiving.”
  • August   4  Luke 12:13-21—The parable of the rich fool
  • August  11 Luke 12:32-40—”Where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also.”
  • August  18 Take the week off….
  • August  25  Luke: 13:10-17 The bent over woman (consumerism and affluence as ailment)
  • September   1   Luke 14:7-14: “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame…”
  • September   8   Luke: 14:25-33 “None of you can become my disciple if you do not      give up all your possessions”
  • September  15  Luke 15:1-10 The parable of the lost coin. (practicing     gratitude)
  • September  22  Luke 16:1-13—The      parable of the dishonest manager
  • September  29  Luke 16:19-31—The rich man and Lazarus

October 4 (Proper 22) begins the Flourish in Faith Stewardship Narrative Series. Download copies at http://www.tens.org/resources/member-resources/member-resources-blog/flourish-in-faith-stewardship-narrative-series

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