This four-week stewardship sermon series is built around the theme “A Deeper Well.” It engages four scriptures with well/water imagery from both the Old and New Testament. Originally developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the series is designed to carry pastoral sensitivity for churches in times of economic uncertainty. It recognizes that giving money is a sacrifice and lifts up that what the church offers us back–grace, warmth, truth, and love–is worth it.
A Deeper Well: Series Outline
Week 1: The Woman at the Well (John 4:4-15)
What Christ offers us is deeper than what the world offers us. The church is like a well. We need it to survive, but it can also be exhausting. It is dug by our hands, and the water we draw from is hefted by our own tired arms. Yet the water is Christ’s, and it is life-giving. Commit this year to sacrificing with us to dig this well, but also to drawing deeply from it when you are in need of grace, mercy, and comfort.
Week 2: Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:8-16)
What we offer God sometimes requires us to dig deep with immense trust and sacrifice. The widow of Zarephath digs deep and sacrifices much to trust Elijah’s promise of abundance. How can digging deep to give meaningfully to the church help connect us with our trust in God?
Week 3: Rachel and Jacob (Genesis 29:1-14)
Church as the nexus of where love happens. In scripture, love stories, like Rachel and Jacob’s, often happen around a well. Church is also the site of love stories–not romantically, but the place where we fall in love with ordinary, sainted sinners. Encourage the congregation to reflect on the love they experience within the church community, and frame giving as an act of love.
Week 4: The Throng at the Throne (Rev. 7:9-19)
Relief at the end of the journey and why what we do is worthwhile. Revelation paints a portrait of the diverse throng around the throne, singing God’s praise, whom Christ will guide to the springs of the waters of life. Our faith promises us that there will come a time when we will no longer have to do the backbreaking work of well-digging to taste Christ’s goodness. We give to the church as a way of creating a glimpse of that kind of world, where all have comfort, grace, and truth.
A Deeper Well Liturgy
A Deeper Well Stewardship Resources
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