Christmas Joy Offering – December 15
One of the most powerful things that Christians claim is that God saw the great needs of the world and offered a perfect gift, a gift that brought God and humanity closer together. God’s perfect gift to us, Jesus Christ, offered the power of being with us. According to Matthew’s Gospel, one of the names given to Jesus is Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”
In Jesus, we receive the perect gift of God being with us, and of being with those who are often overlooked, left out, vulnerable, or in need. “God is with us,” we proclaim. What a powerful gift, a perfect gift, the gift of … being with. Being with … think about it.
We also step forward to be with church workers and their families who have faithfully served at the church bur find themselves in critical financial need because of changing health situations or an emergency. We offer the gift of being “with” them by giving a gift to the offering to help restore hope through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions. We give these gifts because God shows us how powerful it is to “be with.” The power of “with” is the power God shows us in jesus Christ. God’s perfect Gift: Emmanuel, God is with us. Let us share our gifts and celebrate our church leaders – past, present, and future.
This year’s Christmas Joy Offering will be received during worship on Sunday, December 15. Special envelopes will be available in the pews beginning December 1, or click here to contribute online through the PC(USA), text JOY to 56512. The Joy Offering is a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930’s.
“God is with us.” Matthew 1:23