During worship Sunday, October 22, we recommitted ourselves to walking together as the beloved people of God. We renewed our promises with God and with one another. We lifted up our pledges for next year. Here, our Litany of Commitment:
From Psalm 90: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
Today we recommit ourselves to walking together as the beloved people of God.
Today we seek to be a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. We are called to know and love God, nurture each other, reach out and welcome all people in the name of Jesus Christ.
Today we reaffirm this hope for our church, originally offered in a service of dedication for the original building of Elm Street Christian Church, dedicated on May 11, 1919:
“Let this home be a home for the stranger, a place of welcome and comfort to the poor, a consolation to the distressed and a place of salvation for the sinner. Let it be a place for the guidance of youth, for the consolation of old age, for the good of all and the glory of God.”
Today we renew our promises with God and with one another. As individuals, we make these promises to the church as a whole:
I promise to participate regularly, because my presence here matters.
I promise to share in service to our community and our world, because the world needs a sign of God’s hope.
I promise to support the congregation through my gifts of time and money, because my gifts make a difference.
I promise to love my neighbors even when we don’t agree, because we all have a place at the table.
Together as a congregation, we make promises to each individual member:
We promise to be a church where all are welcome.
We promise to put our gifts to good use.
We promise to create a safe place to talk about hard things.
We promise to provide opportunities to worship, learn, and serve.
We promise to bear witness to God’s love for the world.
The Lord will be our God, and we will be God’s people.
We are part of God’s story.
Let us join our voices with gratitude and praise:
“God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending” No. 606
God, whose giving knows no ending,
from your rich and endless store,
nature’s wonder, Jesus’ wisdom,
costly cross, grave’s shattered door:
gifted by you, we turn to you,
offering up ourselves in praise;
thankful song shall rise forever,
gracious donor of our days.