Gwyneths February Letter
27 Jan 17
I am afraid I have been landed with the onerous duty of delivering some very bad news to you all.
It is the agreed opinion of the PCC that everyone who gives regularly to the collection plate in church on a weekly basis, should be asked to consider giving an extra 50 pence above their normal giving. If you want to know whose crazy idea this was, don’t ask, especially not me!
The truth is we are only scraping by in the church coffers and an extra boost in regular giving would help enormously. We are all feeling the pinch at the moment as prices rise here, there and everywhere and the church is no exception. We are regularly faced with running repairs that can run into hundreds of pounds as well as having to pay our way with the Parish Share to the Diocese.
I have found a couple of prayers from the Lion Prayer Collection to help us search our hearts when it comes to Christian Stewardship.
Gwyneth Hickman, Reader.
O Lord our God,
give us by your Holy Spirit
a willing heart and a ready hand
to use all your gifts to your praise and glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thomas Cranmer (1489 – 1556)
Lord, teach us to value our possessions in the right way. Help us never to think more of them than of people. Make us ready to use them freely for the good of others and to share them generously without grudging. Thank you for the beautiful things that we enjoy possessing. May our enjoyment be wholesome and right and may we hold lightly to all we own. For the sake of Jesus Christ, who became poor that we might be eternally rich. Amen.