We surrender, God builds
Newsletter of the Albright Church Capital Stewardship Campaign
Oct. 20, 2019 | vol. 5
Giving Not In Part But The Whole
As we head into the last few days before the “We Surrender, God Builds” Banquet, before we bring our commitment cards and submit our sacrificial commitments, the words of a treasured hymn have come to mind.
A dedicated Christian woman of the 19th century, Frances Havergal was the youngest child of a Church of England minister. She was a brilliant singer and piano player, and a glittering career in society was open before her. But she considered all her talents to be only loans from the Lord, to be used in His service. She would not even sing, except sacred music, and for the purpose of winning souls. She lavished her strength upon work for the Lord, teaching in Sunday Schools, writing letters, poems, books, devotional tracts, and narratives. Although always in frail health, she led an active life, encouraging many people to turn to Jesus, and others to seek a deeper spiritual walk with the Lord.
On the first of February, 1874, Miss Havergal was visiting a home in which some people were not Christians, and some were, but not happy ones. A great longing seized upon her that all might come to know her Saviour as joyfully as she had. On February 4th, the last night of her stay, she spent the night writing this hymn, closing with the triumphant line, “Ever, ONLY, ALL for Thee!” In 1878, four years after writing this hymn, Miss Havergal wrote a friend, “The Lord has shown me another little step, and, of course, I have taken it with extreme delight. ‘Take my silver and my gold' now means shipping off all my ornaments to the Church Missionary House, including a jewel cabinet fit for a countess... Nearly fifty articles are being packed up. I don't think I ever packed a box with such pleasure.’"May the following words from Frances Havergal become our own prayers, and an absolute pleasure and delight in our own lives as we consider our commitments to the Lord, to Albright and to “We Surrender, God Builds”:
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing, always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;
take my intellect, and use ev’ry power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
The financial goal of the “We Surrender, God Builds” campaign is to raise $750,000 in three years to enable work to begin on expanding our facility.
We believe in the vision God has given us for Albright Church. To build up and reach out. The planned building expansion is a significant part of enacting this vision by offering expanded spaces for connecting, teaching, ministering to, and doing life together with our community. While we have a financial goal, this campaign is not about money, it is about changed hearts. It is about lives fully committed to loving, honouring and obeying God. It is about trusting Him with every aspect of our life and surrendering it to Him with open hands. It is about letting go of the things we hold on to so tightly, fearing that we can’t do without them, and giving room for God to pour blessing on us - beyond what we could imagine!
God does not want our money, He wants our hearts. This is the ultimate end to our campaign goal! Malachi 3:10: “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’”
The “We Surrender, God Builds” banquet will be catered here at Albright this Friday, October 25 at 6:30 pm. All adults and students, Grade 6 and over, are invited to be part of this important event in the life of our church! Commit to attending this time of fellowship, worship and inspiration by purchasing your $10 ticket at the Welcome Centre TODAY.
PRAY ABOUT IT
Being conformed to the image of Christ includes emulating His sacrificial, giving nature. As you consider your commitment to this campaign, we encourage you to ask yourself the following questions:
How committed am I to Albright?
Am I willing to rearrange my priorities?
How open am I to generous giving?
Is my commitment born from submissive prayer?
Is my commitment TRULY sacrificial?
Have I surrendered myself to the Lord?
What has God asked me to do?
Do I have faith that God will enable me to meet my commitment?
Is the Lord REALLY the King of my life?
We urge you to continue praying faithfully for Albright, each person at Albright, yourself, and your commitment to the Lord and to Albright. Continue to submit yourself before the Lord, seeking and surrendering to His will, and act in service and obedience to Him.
“Then [Jesus] said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple
must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it,
but whoever loses their life for me will find it.’”
* Design plans and past newsletters are available for viewing in the hallway outside the prayer room*
Albright Stewardship Team:
Len Bobrowski, Sarah Millar, Angela Moore, Jeremy Nickerson, Rob Runtz, Anna Sipinski, Vivian Wesee