The Pastor Noah’s May’s Message
Sometime ago I read an article on the theme, “Why Do We Give?” as United Methodists.
It said that as United Methodists our mission is to recognize those in need and to give generously. Because of our giving, our gifts transform lives, and in the process, our hearts are changed. As a church we believe giving is an act of Thanksgiving and Worship, so we send out missionaries—and ourselves into the world to proclaim the good news of the Gospel, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, and help God’s people everywhere. The article continues and I will quote it throughout this message.
As members of a United Methodist congregation, we are part of a global connection. Despite the number and diversity of the people of our denomination, we are one body. When we give generously, we strengthen the church at all levels and are connected to serve in mission together, and to be God’s people wherever we are. John Wesley the Founder of Methodism says it all, he says; “Do all you can, by all means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
Each day, United Methodist follow the footsteps of John Wesley and the early Methodist as together we nurture God’s children. Support often comes in the form of connectional giving; a covenant as we fulfill the promise we made when we join and become United Methodists: “to uphold the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service.” From its inception the Methodist movement did more than simply preach and evangelize—important as those tasks are. The early Methodists ministered to the poor and the hungry in the streets. They set up loan shops and took homeless persons. Later John Wesley opposed slavery in England. Methodism may have been born in a University, but it was lived out on city streets and across the countryside. Today, The United Methodist Church shares the love of God in Jesus Christ through regional annual conferences in the United States and Central Conferences in Africa, Asia and Europe (a Central Conference is one of several geographic areas outside the United States of America. Each composed of annual conferences)
This year we celebrate 50 years of our two denominations merging together, Evangelical United Brethren and the Methodist Episcopal Church on April 23, 1968 at the General Confertence in Dallas Texas, to form The United Methodist Church. Our present-day, worldwide denomination includes more than 10 million members throughout almost 42,000 local churches. Those numbers imply we could do so much more because of our personal and financial resources. Wesley’s words challenge us to turn our blessings into food, clothing, shelter, health care and assistance for those who need our help. When we give, we become the eyes, ears, feet, hands and heart of God. And this giving continues the heritage of the United Methodist Church, our Church.
This is “Why We Give” as children of a loving God from whom all blessings flow.
To God Be The Glory For Great Things God Has Done!
Yours because of Jesus,
Rev. Dr. Noah R. Panlilio