Today at St Aidan’s
830 am – Morning Prayer
7pm – EfM

December 4, 2018

Advent Act of Kindness
Buy coffee for the person in line behind you.

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It’s not hard for most of us to conceive of buying a coffee for someone
we know. But how about we take today as an opportunity to surprise the person in the drive thru, or the line behind us with a coffee. It’s a small gesture, yes. But meaningful because it is given without any hope of repayment. It’s a small but pure
act of generosity. This Advent Act of Kindness will also, perhaps, inspire the recipient to look for an opportunity to give as well.

Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 Common English Bible (CEB)

What I mean is this: the one who sows a small number of seeds will also
reap a small crop, and the one who sows a generous amount of seeds will
also reap a generous crop.

Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart. They
shouldn’t give with hesitation or because of pressure. God loves a cheerful
giver. God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind
of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in
everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work. As it is
written, He scattered everywhere; he gave to the needy; his righteousness
remains forever.

The one who supplies seed for planting and bread for eating will supply
and multiply your seed and will increase your crop, which is righteousness. You
will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way. Such
generosity produces thanksgiving to God through us. Your ministry of this
service to God’s people isn’t only fully meeting their needs but it is also
multiplying in many expressions of thanksgiving to God. They will give honour
to God for your obedience to your confession of Christ’s gospel. They will do
this because this service provides evidence of your obedience, and because of
your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone. They will also pray
for you, and they will care deeply for you because of the outstanding grace
that God has given to you. Thank God for his gift that words can’t describe!