When you look around, you can’t help but notice it: God has blessed us in so many ways. The psalmist calls on us to “sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy” (Psalm 107:22). When we give back, we recognize God as the giver of all good things. We remember now so that we never forget: it’s All From Him.
“All From Him” is the theme for the 2016 Thanksgiving, or Thank, Offering. Together, we join in prayer and preparation for this annual emphasis in the Church of the Nazarene. As our gifts come together through the World Evangelism Fund, we make Christlike disciples in the nations. We remember God’s generosity toward us and respond by giving back and spreading the gospel around the world.
As you prepare for this important offering, remember these verses from Deuteronomy 8:
"Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, 'My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.' But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today" (Deuteronomy 8:11, 16-18).
Prepare your church for this offering emphasis by reflecting together on your blessings, praying for ministry around the world, and remembering that God is the great giver.
The offering will be received on 9 October 2016 in Canada and 20 November 2016 globally. Please note that this date may vary for some, depending on the calendar of each field or district.
Resources will be available soon at nazarene.org/generosity in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Korean. If you have questions, contact Stewardship Ministries at 1-800-544-8413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in Christ,
The Board of General Superintendents
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