“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” – Joshua 3:5
For the last few weeks, we have been talking about a vision for where God may be leading Royston First United Methodist Church as we focus on ministry in our community and beyond. You have heard some of the ideas that have been discussed in leadership meetings, some of the obstacles we must overcome, and challenges that we will potentially face. But I hope that you have also heard about the amazing things that God has done in the 142 year history of Royston First United Methodist Church.
This church has been faithful to the mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ” for longer than any of us have been alive, and I believe the church will continue to be faithful to that mission for many generations to come. As you think about the church of tomorrow, think about your children, your grandchildren, and your great-grandchildren. What kind of church do you want to exist for them? What amazing things will they be able to experience because of the faithfulness of our generation?
As Joshua stood on the banks of the Jordan River, he reminded the Israelites of where they had been and then he directed their attention to the other side of the Jordan. Joshua believed the best was yet to come for Israel! He instructed all of Israel to “consecrate” themselves, because God was going to do amazing things. To consecrate oneself is to prepare. We consecrate ourselves through prayer and a willingness to go where God will lead us. The Israelites followed God across the Jordan and experienced an abundance of blessings on the other side. If God did it once, do you believe God can do it again?
On Sunday, we will consecrate ourselves as we prepare to cross into where God is leading us. With our rich history and a willingness to go where God will lead us, I believe we will experience an abundance of blessings! I believe we will see God do amazing things among us! I believe the best is yet to come for Royston First United Methodist Church!
I want to invite you to join me on this Consecration Sunday and present your Estimate of Giving Card in worship. At the end of each service, there will be a time for you to place your card in a basket at the front altar. Presenting a card signifies your willingness to step into the future ministry and mission of Royston First United Methodist Church. It demonstrates your willingness to put your trust in where God is leading you — where God is leading all of us in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. I hope you will prayerfully consider this step of faith and join us.
If you do not have an Estimate of Giving card, we will have extra cards available on Sunday morning. This Sunday will be an amazing Sunday in worship and it will be an important Sunday for Royston First United Methodist Church. I look forward to being with you in worship at 8:45 and 11:00 AM! Have a great week!
P.S. Do you have questions about giving? I have put together this quick video that talks about the practice of giving and how we can grow in our faith through the grace of giving. If you have any questions and would like to talk further, send me an e-mail and let’s get a cup of coffee and talk.