Everyone can leave a legacy. Legacy Sunday is a time set aside by congregations to celebrate gifts people have given to the church, Canada and the world—gifts that can support mission and ministry for generations to come.
The following materials can be tailored to help your congregation celebrate Legacy Sunday, in your own context, on the third Sunday in November or any other Sunday in the year. Use the complete worship service text, sermon, children’s story and digital components to create and customize your own service. Feel free to share the videos on social media or on your congregation’s website.
Legacy Sunday Service: Not Mine, But Ours! (Bonnie Marden)
Bonnie Marden, leadership consultant and financial stewardship practitioner, shares a sermon based on Luke 12:16-21, and talks about the impact of shifting the understanding of the stewardship of life’s blessings from mine to ours. Show this video during worship or use the sermon text from the worship service with some of the slides below to customize your own sermon.
PowerPoint Slides for Sermon
Use these slides to illustrate the sermon in the worship service if you are not using the sermon video.
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Legacy Sunday Service: Stepping Forward in Faith (Rev. Lara Scholey)
The Rev. Lara Scholey (St. Columba by-the-Lake Presbyterian Church, Pointe-Claire, Que) shares a sermon based on Philippians 3:4b–14. Show this video during worship or use the sermon text from the worship service with some of the components below to customize your own sermon.
Video: Children’s Story – Simon’s Apple Tree (with discussion)
Charming and colourful cut-outs bring to life the story of Simon and his apple tree to explore how we can share God’s love through our gifts. The story is written and animated by Heather Chappell. In this version of the video, Jim MacDonald discusses how the story connects to legacy, and concludes with a prayer. Heather and Jim work in the Stewardship & Planned Giving department of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Video: Children’s Story – Simon’s Apple Tree (the story on its own)
Legacy Sunday Service: Memory and Hope (Rev. Joan Masterton)
Past, present and future; memory and hope; time. Being intentional about leaving a legacy helps us to make the kinds of gifts we really want to give, and to honour the relationships we cherish: with God and with our congregation. The worship service text includes prayers, hymns, scripture selections, a sermon and a children’s story. Feel free to adapt it as you wish.
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Bulletin Insert: What Will Your Legacy Be?
Order or print this insert to share with your congregation on Legacy Sunday.
Planned Giving Resources
Find videos, inserts, guides, workbooks and more at Planned Giving Resources.
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