I’ve always liked this time of year because it is a time of great energy in the life of our parish. We’ve seen the start of Church School; the Antique Show’s this weekend; there’s our focus on Stewardship; and there is our preparation for the holidays.
Two things are on my mind to write this week.
The first has to do with those words of our Lord found in Matthew 6, verses 19-21, which form the basis of our theological reflection on the important work of stewardship this year. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust corrupt and where thieves break in and steal. Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Are not our hearts both in heaven and here at Saint Paul’s? So, this one time during the year we ask people to think prayerfully about what they do in the realm of giving for the parish, that we might further the wellbeing of our beloved Saint Paul’s and the kingdom of God. You and I know, from living in the world, that our efforts about stewardship education are at best modest: Do you like public radio, or public television? I do, and yet in those realms there is not an hour that goes by without significant education about the needs of the station and the request for the listener’s donation and subscription.
But in the Church, we focus on our giving only once a year, and we do so in modest terms and in modest energy.
Sometimes I wonder what that does actually say about where our hearts truly are. Please think about this prayerfully. For just as the expenses of your home go up every year, so the expenses of God’s home.
The other thing that I’m thinking about is how there are many of us who are away during the winter months, and I know that it is an important thing to keep in touch. To that end, Bonnie Tranbarger has assisted us in setting up a Facebook page for Saint Paul’s. She reports that it is easy to access: if you are already on Facebook all you have to do is access Snowbirds St. Paul and add that to your Friends list. If you are not on Facebook—as I currently am not, but doubtlessly soon shall be—it is a fairly simple matter to sign up. If you need help, Bonnie says she’d be delighted to talk you through the process—just give her a call.