Talents (9 AM)
The meaning of a parable can depend on how we hear it. Today, we'll focus on expectations--both ours and God's--around our use of money, as well as the importance of developing a plan to help us live up to our financial potential. The ways we earn, save and give of our resources can draw us into a deeper relationship with God. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be used by God to bless others.
“Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.” These timeless words of John Wesley, the founder of the movement that became The United Methodist Church, sound straightforward. In fact, some of us might even say we’re already following his instructions! But in a time where wants are mistaken for needs and consumerism and status win the day, the hard truth is that most of us could use a refresh in how we think about and handle our finances. This fall, bring an open mind and an expectant heart to worship and your life group discussions as we prayerfully consider how God might be challenging each one of us in the ways we’ve come to understand money.