My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Last Sunday, All Saints had its first outside service and picnic in what I am told was a "very, very long time." Although the morning began chilly, by the time the service started we had clear blue skies, wonderful sun, a cool breeze and about 70 faithful All Saints Parishioners. We worshipped, we sang, we laughed, we listened to Deacon Anita, and we broke bread together thanks to many All Saints parishioners who volunteered and organized the event.
Our feedback indicates that this is something the parish would like to see become an annual event so we will look forward to starting a new tradition at All Saints.
Last Sunday also began our annual "Stewardship Campaign." Anita spoke to us about giving out of our "First Fruits" and shared with us the image she still carries to this day of her father always writing a check to the church every Sunday morning, no matter the current events in their lives. She shared how that image led her on her own journey towards tithing and giving of her first fruits.
We all have our own experiences and images with regards to giving of our "First Fruits." Some in the church have a difficult time talking about giving of our financial treasure and I think it is because of our culture and a lack of knowledge about what stewardship and being a steward is all about.
This stewardship season we hope to be able to share some insights about this topic that is most important to ourselves as we continue our journey with Christ. Sometimes I think we get sidetracked into a mindset of scarcity, fear, and trepidation rather than the truth, which is that, with Christ, we live with great abundance, joy, and hope surrounding us all the time. Our God is a God of abundance. There are sufficient resources to accomplish all the mission and ministry our Lord calls us to do. Recalling the words of St. Paul, "...God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work (2 Cor 9.9).
I often speak about not focusing on "who" we are, but rather on "whose" we are. We belong to the Lord and all the things that we think we possess are not really ours but have been entrusted to us to use them as the Lord calls us to use them. Once we arrive at a place that allows this mindset, this perspective we are able to live by faith not fear.
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday and every Sunday throughout the coming year as we use our gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure to serve our Lord.
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