Is it my life? Is it your life? The Apostle Paul reminds us of who owns us! Slowly read his words of truth, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” Last Sunday we read and reflected on the Beatitudes to consider what our lives look like when we are owned by Jesus.
This week I have been praying the following prayer from Lancelot Andrewes. Lance was the chaplain to Elizabeth I and oversaw the translation of the King James version of the Bible. Take some time to slowly pray and release your control and hand everything over to Jesus.
“Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work.
I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do.
I give you my tongue to speak your words.
I give you my mind that you may think in me.
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me,
your Father, and all humankind.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me,
So that it is you, Lord Jesus,
Who lives and works and prays in me.”
Just imagine if this was the life mission of each and every one of us. We would have no acts of violence and horrific evil such as the coldblooded murder of innocent worshippers at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Andrewes prayer is hopeful – as he suggests, “I give you my whole self that you may grow in me.” Maybe you start small. With your feet? Or your hands? Or your voice? Or your treasures?
At Central we are just beginning the MY LIFE, MY CHURCH, MY COMMUNITY emphasis. We are asking members and friends of this body to fill out a 2018 Financial Promise Card and return it to Central as soon as possible. You can place it in the offering globes during worship, drop it off at the Church Office or notify or Financial Administrator at Kris.firstname.lastname@example.org. Your regular financial support is a vital investment in the mission of Making Disciples of Jesus.
Take a moment to watch the video on giving that we had at worship last Sunday.
P.S. Your financial support of some of our Christmas giving opportunities is also appreciated. Please consider giving a special offering for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD, ANGEL TREE, ADOPT A FAMILY or OPERATION MILITARY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. Information about these opportunities is in the Sunday GET CONNECTED or you can visit the website, www.clcelkriver.org to learn more.