One of God's names in the Old Testament is Jehovah-Jireh. Literally translated, this means the God who provides. At many points in the New Testament, we hear the same truth articulated. In John 10:10, Jesus speaks to those who love and trust him, "I have come that you might have life, more life than you could ask for even imagine."
In my personal and in our Church life, God has always provided for everything that He has called us to. I am confident that God is "forever enough, more than enough and always enough". I invite you to listen to this song entitled Jireh
by the musicians at Maverick City Music. In it, they articulate the truth of God's provision while inviting us to worship God as Jehovah-Jireh. Whatever we face, God is paying attention and will be our provider. As we continue to worship during week 5 of our Spiritual Growth Campaign, I invite you to use this song as an opportunity to worship.
In addition to sharing this song that has blessed me, I offer you an invitation to be a part of God's provision to and through Media Presbyterian Church. Below is an invitation to Stewardship which Elder Ron Reese shared with us two Sundays ago in worship:
Good morning. My name is Ron Reese. I am here on behalf of the Session to update you on our church finances and ask for a little help.
The last 18 months have impacted all of us. Pastor Jonathan and Session decided early in the pandemic that we would faithfully continue to be the church during the disruption: love and worship God, care for our congregation and community, and share the gospel. Your tithes and offerings, as well as payroll protection funds, have been used to retain the church staff, fund our missionaries, invest in technology, and maintain the church buildings. We are thankful for your faith and participation.
The church currently has an operating deficit of $75,000 for 2021. This is not unprecedented. History informs us that some of the deficit will be reduced with year-end giving; however, we wanted the congregation to be aware of the size of the current shortfall. The church has sufficient resources and reserves to continue full programming, but operating deficits are not sustainable long-term.
You can help. We ask that you pray for the church to continue to make good decisions with its resources. We ask that you pray for a reduction of the operating deficit. And financially, if you can bring your pledge current or make an offering, we would be grateful.
MPC will continue its mission to love and serve God and our neighbors. With God’s help, Session is committed to leading a vibrant church while being good stewards of your gifts. We look forward to working with all of you as we carry out our mission.