Grace and Gratitude, Issue 106
March 21, 2017 by Presbyterian Foundation
“Grace” is more than a theological platitude, and “gratitude” is more than a casual “thank you.” Both “grace” and “gratitude” are verbal entrances to a mansion of meaning that can be explored but never owned. British philosopher Roger Scruton’s 2010 Gifford Lectures, published as The Face of God (Bloomsbury, 2012) includes a perspective on grace and gratitude that may display a room previously unexplored.
Scruton’s insight may help us to think more deeply about the gifts we receive from God and about our response. It may also help us to think more deeply about ourselves as givers of gifts to others. It may even help us to ponder God’s love and the shape of our response of loving God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to ponder the shape of our loving neighbors as we love ourselves.
“The stewardship of all of life” is a common phrase, yet too often stewardship is reduced to an annual program, the annual program is reduced to the means to achieve an end, and the end is reduced to the church budget. “Gratitude for all of life” may be a way to broaden and deepen our understanding and our use of the gifts God has given us.
Reformation 500: Looking back – and looking ahead
The beginning of the Reformation is often pegged to Martin Luther’s publication of his 95 Theses in 1517. This short video – the first in a series from the Presbyterian Foundation – can be used in worship or classroom settings as a conversation starter about the anniversary and how the Reformation continues to impact us today.
Change your Church’s Narrative on Giving
Research shows that regular donors give more over time and are more loyal and engaged with the ministry. Setting up recurring donations for your ministry is easy through the Presbyterian Foundation’s online giving system.
Recurring online gifts allow a donor to build a significant contribution through smaller installments that fit into their budget. These gifts – weekly, bimonthly, or monthly – provide a steady stream of revenue to your church and provide a way for faithful supporters to demonstrate their commitment.