The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk

Jesus said: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6:38 NRSV)

A Note from Pastor Paola:

Once again, this past Sunday I witnessed with my own eyes the miracle of generosity and how Jesus’ words, apparently illogical, are  actually one of the most incredible truths of life: When you give, instead of losing you actually gain beyond expectation.  During worship this past Sunday, we welcomed among us Temba our missionary from Mujila Falls Agricultural Centre in Zambia, Africa. He told
us about how Salem’s generosity over the past 15 years have been helping to create jobs, life and hope. Then we were invited to give generously, and WOW!! We came through, beyond expectation! And those who could participate to the tailgate lunch after the service could personally experience it: It was pure Joy and Blessing!
Jesus was right when he spoke of the blessings of giving. The blessings span the gamut from health to meaning to fulfillment to joy. Nothing can stop the blessing of giving, not even a pandemic!
We were created in the image of God, and God is generous — a generosity seen most clearly on the cross, where the selflessness and love of God were poured out for all humankind.  Because we were created in the image of a generous God, we were created for generosity to be the regular rhythm of our lives. When we are generous, we walk closely with God, our generosity touches the heart of God, and we become what God made us to be.
On Sunday, September 20th , during our monthly live zoom service, we will be able to kick off a new opportunity for all us… an opportunity for blessing, joy and generosity related to the dream of the remodeled church building we have been working on. A place filled with warmth, hospitality and comfort for us and for all of those who will be joining as soon as we can reopen our doors.
Someone asked me recently: “Are you crazy to start a building program during the pandemic…?” I answered, “Isn’t it what Jesus calls to do: live and act in hope and generosity?”  And so we are. Please plan to join me on Sunday, September 20, live on Zoom at 9 AM as we let the practice of generosity (instead of despair, anxiety and hostility) lead our lives.
May God Bless you,
Pastor Paola