What are your First Fruits?
In ancient times, the gift of first fruits demonstrated faithfulness to God’s covenant, gratitude to God, and trust in God’s continued provision. When we give to God first, we are offering the first fruits of our labor.
This fall, the 2022-23 Stewardship Campaign is asking our Congregation to consider what it would look like to give our First Fruits. Often, our offering to God is not the first thing we consider.
Transfiguration depends on the gifts of God’s people to sustain our mission and ministry. How much does God ask of us? Scripturally, God asks us to tithe. For those of us not already tithing (giving 10% of our total annual income), we invite you to use this worksheet to see what tithing would look like for you.
In all cases we are grateful for all that you contribute to the life of Transfiguration, in your time, talent and treasure. Every gift matters to us and to God. Please join with us in prayerfully considering your First Fruits offering this year to support Transfiguration’s ongoing mission and ministry.
God of grace and abundance, you are the creator and giver of every good gift, and we are your humble stewards. We are deeply grateful for the beauty and bounty of the earth and for all the blessings of this life.Disturb our comfort with the materialism which surrounds us; relax our grip on earthly treasures; quell our anxiety about the future; and help us trust in your unfailing provision. Move our hearts to keep your covenant by giving the first fruits of our lives to you; through Jesus Christ, the first fruit of your new creation, who lives and reigns with you and theHoly Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.