The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:5-6)
On Sunday we heard the Gospel reading about having faith the size of a mustard seed. That message was emphasized in the sermon delivered by the Rev. Britta Taddiken, senior pastor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany.
Pastor Taddiken spoke about the faith of those who participated in the Peaceful Revolution in Leipzig thirty years ago, which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1989, after four decades of authoritarian rule, the people of East Germany took to the streets in protest in Leipzig and in other cities. The nonviolent protests spread across the country. Though faced with possible arrest and even the threat of being shot by government forces, the protestors — armed only with strong faith — continued their peaceful quest for change, until finally the wall came down in Berlin on November 9. Pastor Taddiken reminded us that, with faith, anything is possible.
We are people of faith. Our trust in God’s promises leads us to live generously and serve others. One of the ways we express our faith is through our offerings. October 20 is Faith Promise Sunday, a time when we are invited to make an annual pledge to support the mission and ministry at Grace through our gifts of time, talent and treasure.
The Stewardship committee asks that you prayerfully consider a pledge to help sustain Grace and its ministry here at home and throughout the world in the coming calendar year. Intentional stewardship of our resources is about much more than money, it’s about love and gratitude for all God has given us.
Through faith, all things are possible, and our faithful giving ensures that Grace Church continues to share the good news of Christ’s love with our neighbors.