A Letter From The Rector

 

Dear St. John’s Family,

Life is an opportunity and a journey — a journey to saying “Yes” to the God who calls us Beloved. Life is a journey to love, to welcome and to invite; a journey to create peace and to live generously.

In his reflection which we will feature as a bulletin insert on an upcoming Sunday, my good friend Bishop Robert C. Wright of Atlanta writes:

“When we give, we are participating in the personhood of God. We are participating in what is most real in the universe — God’s inexhaustibleness! We are making God real in the world by lending God our flesh through partnership.”

The Journey to Generosity is about participating in God’s inexhaustibleness. But first we must believe that God’s love, healing, and forgiveness are inexhaustible. We must overcome our trepidation about God’s nature so that we can say “Yes” to God’s call to partnership.

If this sounds like a great risk, consider also these words of Bishop Wright: “When we give, you might say we are rolling the dice in a game, the outcome of which we are already certain. God is love. And loving is giving.”

During the upcoming Every Member Canvass, I invite you this year to take the risk of believing the outcome is certain and to participate in the inexhaustibleness of God by confidently joining our journey to greater generosity.  You may make an online pledge by clicking here.

Please consider committing to a standard of giving that reflects your standard of living. For many, that means giving 10 percent (the biblical tithe) of their income to God’s work through St. John’s Episcopal Church. For others, tithing is a goal they are working toward by increasing their giving two or three percent each year.

Let us walk together on this journey of love, The Journey to Generosity, so that the glory of God might shine brighter through the mission and ministries of St. John’s! Thank you and God bless you.

Faithfully,

The Rev. Charles E. Connelly
Rector, St. John’s Church