This Sunday was partnership Sunday for our church. The Sunday when we think particularly about giving financially to the church, taking time to thank God for providing for us financially and for the ways he’s used our finances to be a blessing to others.
In both the morning and the evening we watched a short video of our mission partners thanking us for our involvement in our work. Amidst all the joy and delight in the ways that God is working round the globe I was mostly humbled. Humbled that our small gifts, words of encouragement, visits and prayers are treasured so much. Time and again we were called “fellow workers” “partners” “it’s a joy to do this work with you” by people who most of our congregation have never met.
In the evening we read these words together from Philippians 1:
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:3-6)