All month long we have been exploring what it means to be Church, using the metaphor of sanctuary. We have talked about how we create sanctuary through our acts of hospitality in Jesus’ name; through the creation of trusting and trustworthy community; and through our identity as covenant people, reaching beyond ourselves and out into the world as we embody the mind and heart of Christ. On Sunday, the last day of this sermon series, it’s commitment time.
We commit ourselves to this identity and to this work as Christ’s people.
Eureka Christian Church has been committed to this patch of earth in central Illinois for 191 years—to this place and to the people who live here. We have used the work of our hands, the passion of our hearts, the creativity of our vision, and the resources in our pockets to create sanctuary.
Safe space. Holy space.
It is my conviction that there are a whole lot of people all around us who do not know sanctuary. Lord, prepare us to be sanctuary. If you care about this mission too, then please join me in supporting it. I believe in what we do together, and I support it with my financial resources. Because I want to make sure that the most vulnerable in our midst have a place—a safe place—where they can encounter and know the love of God.
If you have never made a pledge to the work of our church before, I would like to invite you to consider it this year. To make a commitment to this work we do together. Because it is valuable work; it is needed work. You can fill out and return an Estimate of Giving card to the church or set up on-line giving.
And if you think, “What I have to give couldn’t possibly make a difference,” let me just say: little is much when it comes to God. Don’t forget that we are a people of the five loaves and two fish that fed a crowd of 5000. We are a people of the widow’s mite and the mustard seed. God consistently takes our small offerings and multiplies them, magnifies them.
For little is much when it comes to the work of God.
I’ll see you Sunday.