Catch the Spirit of Giving
“God, from my youth you have taught me.” (Psalm 71:17)
God’s vision for the world is that everyone find a place within God’s kingdom—God’s house.
What we celebrate at Pentecost is God’s pouring out of the Holy Spirit so that people of every identity and language can hear a word of welcome into God’s household. All belong in God’s household, and we get to live together, and learn together and celebrate together.
At Pentecost, we look especially to the children, youth and young adults with whom God has called us to live. The psalmist reminds us of the importance of faith being established during our earliest years, saying, “God from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” Our youngest family members need support to build their full potential in both faith and life, and all of us have a role to play. And sometimes, these young ones teach us more about faith in Jesus Christ and how the Holy Spirit is moving in our world. The Pentecost Offering lets us support the development of children, youth and young adults in our community and throughout the country.
Forty percent of this offering stays within our community because we want to build the household of God together, in this place. This year, we plan to use our 40% to support the work of Omaha Street School. Don’t forget to join us as we welcome representatives to worship on May 16th!
The remainder is sent on to our denomination so that young adults can lay a foundation for their lives through a year of service as part of the Young Adult Volunteer program. It is also used to support ministries with youth, through experiences of worship and formation like the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, which gathers nearly 5,000 young people every three years to learn and grow together. Triennium was an incredibly formative event for me, it is where I first felt God’s call to ministry in my life!
There is also a portion of this Offering that supports the education of every child in this country, through the Educate a Child, Transform the World initiative. During this Pentecost season, I want us to celebrate the fact that we are building a life of faith and building the household of God with our children, youth and young adults.
Please give generously!