This past Walk to the Manger Sunday, a little boy, early elementary age, brought a dollar to the manger. It was his dollar, one that he had earned, that he wanted to give so that presents could be bought for school kids who otherwise might not have anything under the Christmas tree. It was a small gift that certainly won’t purchase a complete present. But it was a huge heart that filled the room with God’s presence. And a few of those dollars put together will put a toy under the tree.
Small gifts add up and they are crucial to the ministry of Aldersgate Church.
It’s not about the amount of the gift, it’s about the size of the heart. As we approach the end of this year, would you be willing to give from your heart?
Thank you for your generosity!
Lead Pastor, Ryan Smallwood
It seems like our culture is in a downward spiral. Our communities feel more fractured, polarized, and divided than ever before. Turn on the TV and find pundits yelling at each other. Check your social media and find friends vilifying those they disagree with. How are we supposed to respond? Is there a way to find an alternative between two extremes? Jesus teaches us how to rise above the division with a better way – a way to bring hope and healing to wounded people, fractured relationships, and divided communities. So take off the gloves, step out of the ring, and stop inflicting intentional blows only to win a fight. Instead, pull up a chair. Engage in gracious conversation, be kind, truly listen to others, share truth in an honorable way, and be an agent of love in the face of so much pain and hate.watch sermons