Peace & Global Witness
SEPTEMBER MONTHLY MISSION
BUILDING GOD’S HOUSEHOLD OF PEACE
Congregations of many denominations extend the peace of Christ with a blessing during their service. “The peace of Christ be with you (and also with you).” It is a blessing offered and a blessing returned in kind. The peace of Christ is part of what our faith offers to us. Extending the peace of Christ is part of an active, engaged faith – a witness to what it means for us to be building the household of God.
In God’s house, there are people of every background. In God’s house, there are people of every race, age and gender. In God’s house, people who are different from each other live together and seek ways to bring about Christ’s peace in every part of our lives. We speak out and claim the truth in Second Thessalonians, “May the God of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways.”
On World Communion Sunday (the first Sunday in October), we celebrate that Christ’s peace extends throughout all creation. We celebrate that we are all together at the table, in God’s house. We celebrate that we are offered what we need to continue the work of building the household of God with active peacemakers here at home and around the world.
We take action today by offering a blessing of our own. Through our participation in the Peace & Global Witness Offering, Thomas Church is extending Christ’s peace throughout our community – 25 percent of the offering received will stay local (Family Promise will receive the local portion), 25 percent will support regional mid council efforts and 50 percent will go to the Presbyterian Mission Agency for its ministries of education and partnership with active peacemakers all around the world.
The Peacemaking Offering will be taken up on third Sunday of October. You may also mail your offering anytime during the month. Please give generously.