The offering is part of the worship experience. However, too often the offering appears to be a segment of the service that is disengaged from the rest of the service. In many congregations the offering just happens without much forethought. The offering is not only a time to worship the Lord through the presentation of believers’ tithes and offerings, but it is also a time to recognise how blessed we are. Through planning and education, worshippers will begin to feel and see the offering as a time of celebration.
In today’s text, Mark 12: 41-44, we find the story of the widow’s offering. While we are familiar with the story we fall short on understanding the woman’s celebration, in giving an offering. This widow loved the Lord and was proud of her faith. The widow gave from the heart with a spirit of celebration.
When Jesus mentioned the poor widow woman who gave two copper coins and called his disciples to take notice of her gift, Jesus was showing us that this widow was giving out of her own need to worship. This poor woman was actively participating and taking the focus off of herself, what she had. She actively shared as a celebration that the life was a gift worth sharing.
Giving is an act of worship. The offering is truly a time where all believers can actively participate in the worship service. The offering is an awesome act of worship unto the Lord. The presentation of God’s tithes and offerings should be a time of great celebration. Giving in response to God’s grace is cause for all Christians to give enthusiastically and cheerfully. IL-WOONG.
THANKSGIVING SUNDAYS 2018 – 27th May and 3rd June: Each year Lugarno-Peakhurst Uniting Church dedicates two successive Sundays to give a special Thanks offering in response to all of our blessings received from God. These monies raised outside of normal offerings go towards growing the Kingdom of God. We will have the opportunity to bring our thanks offerings over two Sundays and specially marked envelopes will be available for this purpose.
The church council decided that the offerings this year will help to support two projects – Papua New Guinea earthquake and Tonga cyclone Appeal.
In February, there was a powerful earthquake struck the southern highlands region of Papua New Guinea. Dozens have been killed and hundreds injured as homes and properties collapsed. Landslides and sinkholes are still threatening lives. And also in February, Tonga was hit by the strongest storm. It’s seen in 60 years, with at least 70% of the population affected. Your donation will help UnitingWorld to assist communities to recover and train leaders to prepare for and prevent future events.
Bible Society – Masterclass. Masterclass is a one-day event for Christian students in years 9-12 of high school aimed to inspire, stretch and encourage the next generation of believers. Along with great speakers and topics, we offer the Hot Topics Q&A panel we call MasterQ – a time for the students to ask their questions.
How to read the Bible. Short videos on the following topics: What is the Bible? The story of the Bible. Literary styles in the Bible. The Bible as Jewish meditation. Plot in Biblical narrative. Character in the Bible. Setting in Biblical Narrative. Design patterns in Biblical narrative.
Gospels. Short videos. The four Gospels retell the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection from four distinct perspectives. Each one highlights themes and reveals how the God of Israel came to live with his people in the person of Jesus. Matthew: Jesus brings God’s heavenly kingdom to earth and invites his disciples into a new way of life through his death and resurrection. Mark demonstrates that Jesus is Israel’s messiah who inaugurates God’s kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection. Luke: Jesus carries the covenant story of God and Israel to its culmination and he announces the good news of God’s kingdom to the poor and the rich. John: Jesus becomes human as the incarnation of the creator God of Israel, to share His love and the gift of eternal life with the world.