New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”
O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Book of Common Prayer page 259
In 2016, everyone who attended Consecration Sunday and completed an Estimate of Giving Card did so voluntarily. Our guest leader conducted a brief period of instruction and inspiration, ending with members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship. The process was done in such a way that no one felt embarrassed if they choose not to fill out a card during the service and all were welcomed for brunch. We did no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards but did a follow up mailing.