Message from the Rector
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another
with whatever gift each of you has received.
-- 1 Peter 4:10
When we set “Faith-Filled Generosity” as the theme for this year’s stewardship campaign, we could not have known what this year would be like. I do not need to remind you of the disruptions, losses, and anxieties that this year has brought to our community, because we are all still living with them. I can say, however, that although the coronavirus pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are stronger, more resilient, and learning to be more connected than we have ever been as a Parish and as a community of neighbors. I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church.
Our mission this year has been focused on service, which is at the heart of what we mean when we say that we are forming disciples to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus. For more than half of this year we have not been able to gather together in person, but that does not mean that we have not been the Church. Over the last months we have found new ways of gathering together virtually, and we have continued to engage each other through prayer, we have served each other in our times of need and in our grief, and
we have been a voice of God’s love in our community. This has been a time for us to use the gifts we have received from our Creator God and to serve one another in love.
Over the last few months I have witnessed countless ways that you have used your resources to further the mission of the Church and to help each other. I have found it both inspiring and hopeful as we plan our work together in 2021. In the coming year, we will explore the way that our generosity is inspired by our faith in a God who is love for ALL people, how we are formed and led into deeper relationship with this God and with each other as we share our gifts with the world. This is what we mean by “Faith-Filled Generosity.”
Today, we kick-off our Stewardship Campaign, and I encourage us to ask ourselves, “How will we discover and use the gifts we have been given to further the mission of St. John’s this year?” “How will we hear the Gospel message to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity?” As I look around our Parish community, I am reminded over and again that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we do give to the world from what we have received.
Included in this stewardship packet you will find a narrative budget that explains what your gifts to St. John’s is used for, and what we hope to accomplish in the coming year. I invite you to receive this with grace and prayer as you consider how you will share with God and God’s Church from what you have received.
In the spirit of generosity and love,