PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
November 11, 2018
In our lesson this week (Mark 12:38-44), we read the moving account of the poor widow who quietly drops her meager offering into the temple treasury. But it is she, not those who give a large amount, who is noticed by Jesus and who Jesus calls his disciples to notice also.
Jesus calls us to notice her stewardship, not because of her amount, but because of her attitude. She doesn’t give to be recognized or because she felt required or obligated or guilted into doing so. But she gave her gift because she was grateful, because of her deep love and gratitude to God.
Jesus calls us to notice her stewardship because he hopes we pattern ours after hers. He hopes that we too will give of our time and talents and treasures, like she does. Not out of requirement or obligation or guilt, but out of our deep love and thankfulness to God. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.