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Christmas Joy Offering

In the 2nd letter to the Corinthians, Paul offers a mini sermon on the results of generosity. First Paul grounds us in God’s generosity, reminding us that God is both source and amplification of our generosity. The gifts we give are from God and they are multiplied and increased as we give. Giving has a compounding effect, enriching the life of the giver “in every way”. It results in impact to the giver, who receive the ministry made possible by the gift, overflows in thanksgiving to God, and to the whole church as it inspires and testifies to the gracious work of God through Christ. It is that grace, then, that is described by Paul as “indescribable”, and that grace that is made known when we give.

Participating in the Christmas Joy Offering lives out this truth. We give because God has freely given. We give to support the needs of our church leaders, past, present and future and God amplifies and extends those gift through the ministry of those who benefit. Those gifts of ministry extend and amplify as well, even as they “overflow” in thanksgiving to God, while the entirety of the impact bears witness to the whole church of God’s grace, a truly indescribable gift. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

Reprinted from Presbytery Matters, the newsletter of the Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery