One of my favorite Bible Stories is found in Judges 7. Gideon, a man that was afraid of his own shadow is called to lead the Israelites against the oppression of the Midianites. In the preparation for battle, 33,000 men show up. God tells Gideon again and again that there are too many people. Gideon keeps whittling down the number for his army until there were 300 men left. Then God tells Gideon that their weapons would be trumpets and jars. Now, the Midianites had a large mighty, army. How in the world were 300 men with nothing but some musical instruments and clay pots are going to beat this mighty army?
But we learn that God was with the Israelites and God would hand them the victory. And that’s what happened. The trumpets and the smashing of the jars in the middle of the night scared the Midianites and they ended up fighting themselves and the big army was no more.
This story of how God worked through Gideon’s puny army always reminds me that just because something is small doesn’t mean it can’t do a mighty work.
First Christian of St. Paul is a small church, maybe even tiny. Congregations larger than we are have closed their ministries and moved on. I believe we are still around because God isn’t through with us yet. God is working through this congregation to do God’s work in the world.
When we give our offerings on Sunday, we are giving our money to help do mission in our world. Your offerings have gone to support our worship ministry which helps us meet God in the Word preached, the songs sung and in the weekly Lord’s Supper. They have gone to help our sisters and brothers through our Mission Partners like Feed My Starving Children and the Mahtomedi Area Foodshelf. They help us go beyond borders to support the ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The giving of what we receive has allowed this small church take part in God’s mission in the world.
God continues to work through us in new and expanding ministries. Our music program continues to grow, with new music from around the world as well as guest musicians that allow us to praise God through song. We seek to further support our mission partners and to find our congregation can improve in being a presence in our community. We want are open to new ministries that we haven't even thought of yet, but where God is leading us. We want to welcome new members and reach out into the community preaching the gospel of Jesus.
We are in the midst of a Stewardship Drive for the rest of 2019. Between now and July 7. Take time to read the Stewardship Report that shares our hopes for the coming year. Then pray and fill out the pledge form either on paper or online.
God can use little things to do great things. I truly believe God can and will use First Christian Church to be a witness in Mahtomedi, the Twin Cities, the United States and to the ends of the earth.
May the God who is Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you all.
Dennis Sanders, Pastor