How to Prepare a Disciples’ Generous Response
The Disciples’ Generous Response element of worship provides opportunity to reflect on and be grateful for God’s love and grace and then to respond faithfully, through whole-life stewardship of time, talent, treasure and testimony, in order to further Christ’s mission.
An effective Disciples’ Generous Response
- Starts with a focus on gratitude for God’s many blessings.
- Has elements of a joyful celebration of thanksgiving and gratitude.
- Reflects on one or more principles of a disciple’s response to God’s generosity.
- May include references to one or more of Community of Christ’s enduring principles and mission initiatives.
- Helps disciples recognize the sacred purpose of their contributions to mission tithes.
- May contain a generosity story that integrates with the rest of the worship service.
- Shares Christ’s ministry supported by contributions to local and worldwide mission tithes, and lived out through Community of Christ members, friends, and affiliates.
- Answers the questions: For what am I giving? How do my contributions support Christ’s mission, our mission – locally and worldwide?
Presented by an engaging and prepared worship participant (non-priesthood or priesthood) who believes in generosity and is a contributor.
- Consider sharing your personal story or testimony on receiving God’s abundant generosity and how you responded to that generosity.
- Focus more on the sacred act of receiving and giving in response, than on the gift itself.
- If using a story other than your own, take time to become familiar with it. Share how this story deepens your understanding or commitment to offer tithes.
- Speak from your heart; be honest, objective, and positive. If reading…choose when to pause, look up, and connect with people.
- Make the story relevant to all ages. Consider the use of visuals, illustrations, or object lessons.
- If you need help, seek assistance from someone with more experience.
- Tithing is a heart-felt response to God moving in our lives, and calling us to share what we have received with others.
- Giving is about grace, and is a joy and privilege.
- For the reasons above, we “receive peoples’ offerings.” (Not “take up a collection.”)
- On the first Sunday, undesignated offerings go to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering (supporting Oblation, and World Hunger).
- We model generosity to local and worldwide mission tithes according to our true capacity.
- Every contribution is important – to God, to the giver, and to the ministry of the church.
- Givers’ generosity changes people’s lives, and brings joy as Christ’s mission is realized.
- Our whole-life stewardship, lived out through the Mission Initiatives is how we further the whole mission of Jesus Christ. Christ’s mission is our mission.