We have just completed a four-week journey in which we sought to transform our relationship with money. Yet leaving it to four sermons may not go as deep as we need. With that in mind, I encourage you to get the book Integrating Money and Meaning: Practices for a Heart-Centered Life by Maggie Kulyk. The book is filled with numerous exercises for us to utilize as we seek to make our relationship with the money part of our spiritual practice. While the book is only loosely connected with the sermon series, it can be quite helpful. You can also review the sermons for this series between October 13 and November 3 by viewing the worship videos on Chapel Hill United Methodist Church’s Facebook page.
You may recall the four parts we discussed regarding money with which the book helps to go deeper:
1) Looking Back – reviewing our life story to acknowledge how our upbringing and events in our lives formed our relationship with money, acknowledging our fears and joys regarding money, and having compassion toward ourselves regarding where we may have failed or have been made to believe we failed.
2) Looking In – discerning our courageous vision by finding our heart center, that combination of our passions joined with our calling as baptized disciples, along with our gifts & talents and our values to guide us in our relationship with money and including that relationship as part of our spiritual practice.
3) Looking Out – having made money a part of our spiritual practice and developed our courageous vision will free us to see the needs of those around us and share what we have.
4) Looking with Gratitude – understanding that our relationship with money can be filled with gratitude for our blessings if we can focus on the positive and give thanks.
As we work on our relationship with money, our members and regular attenders have likely received a mailer from the church recently including your faith giving pledge cards for 2020. Please spend time in prayer considering what your monetary pledge to support the mission of the United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through the ministries of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church will be in 2020.
To make your pledge, you will complete the card, place the card in the envelope enclosed in the mailer, and bring this envelope to worship on Sunday, November 17. The envelopes will be collected in worship as a way of all of us making covenant to support Chapel Hill’s ministries financially. Please note, however, these envelopes will never be opened. Your pledge is between you and God.
As we go forward together seeking to renew our relationship with money, may we find the grace-filled life full of wonder.