A man called at the church and asked if he could speak to the Head Hog at the Trough. The secretary said, “Who?” The man replied, “I want to speak to the Head Hog at the Trough!”
Certain now that she had heard correctly, the secretary said, “Sir, if you mean our pastor, you will have to treat her with more respect and ask for ‘The Reverend’ or ‘The Pastor,” but certainly you cannot refer to her as the Head Hog at the Trough!”
At this, the man came back, “Oh, I see. Well, I have ten thousand dollars I was thinking about donating to the General Fund.” Secretary: “Hold the line–I think the Big Pig just walked through the door!”
One of the topics that we pastors like to least discuss is money. So, I am not going to talk about money. I am going to talk about blessings. One morning, a gentleman gave the pastor a large check. “I’m giving this because I am so thankful for all the blessings that I have been given through this church.” How true it is that thankful people are also giving people.
We are thankful for all our church has done to help us build our lives on the solid foundation of faith in Christ. We are thankful for its inspiring worship, its commitment to Christian Education, and its uplifting missions. We are always thankful for the friends we have made in our church family who have enriched our lives in so many ways.
What shall we give to show our thanks to the Lord? Throughout the Bible, God asks God’s thankful people to offer a tithe, or ten percent of our income. Many of you rise to the challenge of this Biblical directive, and the church is grateful for your generosity. Others make a commitment to give half a tithe, or five percent, and hope to move percentage point by percentage point towards full tithe. Some folks in care facilities or who are on limited incomes and who previously were most generous find they cannot support the church monetarily, but they continue to keep all of us in their constant prayers, and we all certainly need that as well.
St. John’s is now on the brink of having to dip into the funds that were invested from the sale of the parsonage. I would like you to consider giving just one or two dollars more per person for the remainder of the year. What a difference that can make! Also, if you are on vacation, please fill your offering envelopes when you return and place them in the plate.
God calls God’s thankful people to be generous people. Through our sacrificial giving, we can continue to build the solid foundation that we have laid for our church and for the future of the church. “Your treasure will be stored in the heavens, and since your treasure is there, your heart will be lodged there as well.” (Luke 12:34)