Each year, in each Conference, a group of dedicated volunteers meet. They have two sets of documents for their meeting. One set is the usually large file of community ministries requesting funding and congregations in need of support, and the other set contains information about the allotted amount of Mission & Service funds they have to share in their Conference. Thus begins the painstaking work of reading about and discerning how the funds will be allocated. Mission Support Grant Committees often meet over a series of days. They prayerfully discern and distribute some of our gifts for Mission & Service so all who have made requests will get at least some money to continue their work. Without Mission & Service givings, the work of these committees would not touch as many lives as they do. Congregations would not be able to call ministry personnel to offer leadership; community ministries would not be able to serve many people in their communities. Thank you for all the ways we are making a real difference in communities across the country and other parts of the world. Through our gifts for Mission & Service, people who could be our neighbours, our friends, or our families feel the beating heart of the United Church, supporting and caring for people on the margins. Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.
Loving God, we are called to be your colours in the world, to walk with each other, to share in love through our gifts for Mission & Service. Guide us to shine brightly in the world. Amen.