Pondering for Thursday, October 24, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Proper 24 Year 1

AM Psalm 37:1-18; PM Psalm 37:19-42 Ezra 1:1-11; 1 Cor. 16:1-9; Matt. 12:15-21

“Now concerning the collection for the saints: you should follow the directions I gave to the churches of Galatia. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put aside and save whatever extra you earn, so that collections need not be taken when I come.”  (1 Corinthians 16: 1 – 2)

Paul instructs the early church families weekly (on the first day of the week); to put aside whatever extra money they can to be collected at a designated time.

Charitable giving has always been one of the missions of the church.  And even though we live within governments that maintain support systems for the needy, our governmental bureaucracy often prevents the needed resources from going to those most in need.

Our Church will always need to provide for those who “fall through the cracks” so to speak.  If we don’t plan to intentionally look at our giving and be deliberate in putting money aside, those in need will be forgotten. Too often the government suspects wrong doing while the church supports right doing. This is the designated time of the year we ponder our giving for 2020. 

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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