August 28th is approaching … meaning Offerings 3 is right around the corner. That’s right, round 3 is here! The past two nights of Offerings have been such a blessing, how could we not take another opportunity to give heartfelt praise to our Creator, who has given us our unique abilities, talents, and skills?
Now, if you have never heard of Total Devotion’s night of Offerings, then you’re in for a treat. It is a night where God is the main audience, and we, as children of God, present our offerings and sacrifices of praise in honor of Him. It can come in any form: a song that you wrote, a song you just want to sing, a piece of artwork, a memorization of a Bible passage/verse, a skit with your friends, etc. ANYTHING! So long as it has come from the heart and has the intention of honoring and loving God, the possibilities are endless 🙂
During our summer series, “Potent Once More”, Arthur reminded us of the importance of our “being” and how it comes before everything we do. Spend some quiet time before the Lord and prayerfully ask Him how He can be honored that night in light of the new beings He has made us to be … in Christ!
If you are interested in being a part of this very special night, please contact your small group leaders with a description of your offering (and approximate length) by this Wednesday!!!! Your small group leaders will also be emailing you reminding you to sign up as well! 😀
Thank you guys so much! – Dora & Clara
For those of you who weren’t there, last summer we had a special night of “Offerings” to God – a dedication and presentation of gifts, which came in all shapes and sounds and sizes. It was unconventionally spectacular (or spectacularly unconventional), and – can you believe it – in less than 2 weeks (Feb. 27) we have the privilege of participating in another “Offerings” night – “Offerings 2”! This is a special opportunity for us to bring “a smile to God’s face” as we create for our Creator using the talents that he blessed us with.
“But I don’t really have any gifts,” you might say. “There’s nothing special about me.”
Exactly. There’s nothing inherently special about jars of clay – but there’s something immensely special about the treasure inside, which shows “that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Cor 4:7).
If you came to our “Offerings” last summer, you probably remember that it was different from any “talent show” you’ve been to. It wasn’t about showcasing talent and skill – it was about bringing God what you have, with all you have. That is what He deserves, and that is what He desires. Even the greatest talent in the world pales in comparison to the beauty of a simple act of love.
“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.” – Psalm 50:2
Now isn’t that something (or SomeOne) worth giving thanks for?
If you are interested in offering God a 5 minute long “sacrifice of thanksgiving” and/or want to know what exactly God is looking for, please read and meditate and pray over Psalm 50, which will be the theme of our upcoming offering night.
Then if God has put this on your heart, please let your small group leaders know by this Friday how you desire to bless His heart! 🙂 – Rebecca & Clara
This Friday, 7/25 – “The Holiness of God”
Following up on last summer’s series, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” we will explore some of the titanic work of the giants of the faith we introduced you to last summer. This week, we will watch and work through one of RC Sproul’s most catalytic messages from his titanic series, The Holiness of God. Come and foster your awe of our awe-some God!
This Saturday, 7/26 – SPCH – meet at 9:30 at the Hsiehs’ home
Next Friday, 8/1 – “Offerings”
TD will be hosting its first showcase of original artistic offerings, created and offered for the Lord’s pleasure and our blessing! (Thanks for the drawing, Melody!) Listen to this short podcast to get the details:
Please email Arthur if you plan to partipate!