SERMON TITLE: “Journey Together with Your People”
SERMON TEXT: Genesis 12:1-11
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: October 9, 2022, at First UMC
As you’ve hopefully figured out by now, today is the beginning of our annual stewardship drive. Lucki did a great job getting us started. In coming weeks, we’ll also hear from Lori Maki and Bill Wade. Our hope is that their heartfelt talks about why they support our church’s ministry will inspire all of us to commit our financial support too. We plan to mail information and pledge cards later in the month. We will ask all of you, with prayer and careful thought, to fill out your 2023 commitment cards and return them here to worship on October 30, when we will consecrate those pledges to God’s ministry.
Every year we have a theme for our stewardship drive. This year’s theme is “Journey Together.” After all, the ministry of our church is a big project, and it takes all of us contributing our time, talents, and treasures in order to accomplish God’s work. To help us get into this “Journey Together” theme, I’ve selected four Bible stories that we’re going to look at. In upcoming weeks, we’ll consider Moses’ journey together with the Hebrews rescued from slavery in Egypt. We’ll read Isaiah’s account of the Israelites’ journey together as they returned home from their Babylonian exile. And we’ll ponder Jesus’ journey together with his disciples. Today, though, we begin with Abraham, or Abram, as he was called in Genesis 12. Let’s see who his traveling companions were and why it’s important to journey together with your people.