Testifying in Worship: Giving an Invitation to the Offering


How has God blessed your life and that of your family?
Why do you give to the church?
What does this faith community mean to you?
Was there a particular time in your life that the church was there for you in a time of need?
How does being able to give make you feel?
 

If you can answer any one of these questions, YOU can serve as a witness during worship to invite others to share in your joy and to support the mission of the church.

Our monetary offerings are acts of worship, praise and thanksgiving to the Living and Loving God. We give in response to the abundant generosity of the Original Giver, the source of all life and blessings. What we place in the collection plate each week is a sign of our intention to dedicate our lives to serving God. The faith community is the Body of Christ; we give through the church to carry out God’s purposes in the world. God asks us to give out of our blessings, not what we lack. As long as our gifts are meaningful to us, the size does not matter; what counts to God is the sincerity of our hearts.

Sharing just 30-60 seconds of your story can help inspire others to see their own stories in light of God’s big love story. What a gift you have to offer!

Don’t worry about finding the perfect words. People will feel and appreciate your authenticity. The most important thing is to be yourself. Speak from your heart and personal experience. (PS - It’s absolutely fine to read from a script if that makes you feel more comfortable!)

To stimulate your thinking, here are some examples to consider and/or adapt:

Sample opening lines:

I came to this church when my children were young. They were baptized and grew up in the church, and now are grown and on their own. I keep coming because...

There was a time in my life when I was really struggling and felt alone. Being part of this faith community has helped me to experience God’s grace and love in meaningful ways. For example...

My extended family lives far away. One of the things that I love most about the church is the intergenerational community. Some of the things that make me feel at home here are...

I experience God’s love through music. Singing with the choir (or singing hymns with the congregation) is a joy that carries me through the week. Supporting the church’s music ministry is important to me...

I bring my family to the church because I want my children to know God’s love in community and to learn Christian values. I want them to hear from people in addition to myself about what’s important in life – like caring for others and knowing that their worth comes from God, not from money and stuff...

There are a lot of things I value about the church. One of the things that count on is the weekly Faith Study group. I find it very meaningful to be able to explore questions of faith and life experiences with others who are also on a spiritual journey...

I remember the first time I visited this church. Your warm welcome soon put me at ease and before I knew it, I felt like part of the family. Now that I’ve been here a while, I’ve gotten more involved. My experience on the [Christian Education Committee] has taught me...

God has blessed my life in so many ways, including good health, family, friends, and meaningful work. Sure, I work hard and try to be a good person, but there are plenty of other people out there that aren’t as fortunate. Because I have been so blessed, I want to help others. The church is a great place to do so...

I like to think of our church as a lighthouse – shining God’s love to the community. Our steeple and the rainbow flag on our church sign are beacons of hope and God’s extravagant welcome. Together, we make a difference in the world! One mission experience that I participated in that was especially meaningful to me was...

I find that when I am generous, life flows more gracefully. More often than not, good things just seem to happen. I am so excited about the things that our church is doing (such as...) that I increased my pledge this year. My budget is tight and I don’t know exactly where it’s going to come from, but I am hopeful...

Close with a variation on:

... And that’s why I give to the church. I urge you to think about how being part of this faith community has changed YOUR life and to join me in generously supporting our mission: sharing the blessing of God’s love with others. Thank you!