Mission Offering Focuses on Praise and Overflowing Love, Suggested Date Is Sept. 21

The annual Mission Offering to support Church of the Brethren mission around the world is focused on the theme “Praise: Overflow with Love,” with the suggested date of Sunday, Sept. 21. Visit www.brethren.org/missionoffering for related worship resources or to give now.

The theme scripture comes from Philippians 1:9-11: “And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.”

“In our relationships with partners, both global and local, do we value the spiritual basis of our partnership as highly as we do the material aid we offer, as necessary and valuable as it is? What are the ways we can support one another spiritually?” asked Nancy Sollenberger Heishman in her sermon starter for the 2014 Mission Offering, one of the resources offered online.

Other worship resources written by Heishman including litanies, readings, and prayers for worship as well as an invitation to bread and cup communion, and more. A scriptural exegesis is written by Joshua Brockway. Also provided are a children’s moment on the topic “A Harvest of Righteousness” as well as a link to a children’s activities sheet that may be downloaded.

Find the resources at www.brethren.org/missionoffering . Print materials are currently in the mail to churches and will arrive this week.