Discovering Enough Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity
Wakonda Stewardship & Faith Promise
One of Jesus’ great teaching parables involves a sower who cast seed along the ground. The sower hoped the seeds would sprout, grow, and bear good fruit. Some seeds did just that, producing a great harvest. But others, Jesus said, fell among thorns and, though they began to grow, these good plants were quickly choked out. Jesus said the thorns were “the cares of the world and the lure of wealth” (Matthew 13:22).
In a culture where having “enough” seems to have become a never-ending pursuit, Jesus’ parable remains incredibly relevant. Many of us are chasing the American dream in ways that lead to stress, anxiety, and fear—thorns that can rob us of the ability to enjoy the abundant lives of purpose that God intended for us.
All of us have struggled with these issues at one time or another. They are important issues that we cannot ignore.
Despite these challenges, we all continue to seek God’s joy in our lives. This is why, over the next 4 weeks, we will be having a churchwide exploration and worship focus called Defining “Enough.” During this time we will explore what the Bible teaches us about finances and why money was what Jesus talked about the most. We’ll hear expert advice and stories about what others have learned by working through financial challenges. Each week you’re invited to view your financial situation through the lenses of scripture and faith, helping all of us discover enough of God’s joy through simplicity and generosity.
At the conclusion of the emphasis, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will consecrate these commitments in the worship service on Sunday, November 3.
I hope you will join us in the coming weeks as we look at how we can manage our financial resources and truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy.
Schedule of Events
October 13, “Our Faith in Action” – Mission Trip Reflections from Wakonda Youth
October 20, “What is Enough: Speaking the Unspeakable” – Lessons from Wakonda Leaders
October 27, “Enough Already: Dreams or Nightmares?” – Biblical Budget Tools
November 3, “We are Enough: Defined by Generosity” - Making a faithful promise to God’s world Harvest Dinner concluding service
Your Stewardship and Pastoral Teams hope you will join us. This promises to be a Stewardship season of growth and discovering God’s joyful and generous abundance.