Over the last number of months, more and more people have been telling me about how they are finding a growing sense of gratitude in their lives.
Gratitude for all the small and large ways God has blessed their lives, gratitude for the unconditional love God has for each one of us, and gratitude for their church community. I have come to believe that gratitude is a central practice of our faith. Gratitude transforms our perceptions and attitudes. It also can change our world. As Christians, our acts of service to others are a response to the gifts we have already been given. Acts of gratitude. Our financial giving is an expression of our gratitude to God. Our financial giving allows us to be the hands and feet of Christ growing together in faith and service to the community and the world. What are you grateful for today?
In the Episcopal Church, members of the congregation are asked each year to make a pledge of what they plan to give to the Church for the entire coming year. For some people, especially for those new to the Episcopal Church, making a pledge may be a new experience. My family pledges in order to support the community which we are a part of, and to further its mission of striving to be the Body of Christ in the world. By making a pledge, we are also giving the Vestry and parish leadership the ability to plan for the ministry of the parish in the coming year. We want to see St. Paul’s continue to grow in its service to the world in Jesus’ name, so we pledge. We love our church, and we love to give to its work.
My prayer is that you will join my family and me in pledging to our parish. And join me in supporting a community that seeks to put our faith into action in the world.
The Reverend Noah H. Evans
Weekly Worship Schedule
6pm at Old St. Luke's (330 Old Washington Pike)
Sunday Sundays: Fall, Winter & Spring (Current)
8:00am in the Chapel 8:45am in the Church 9:45am Sunday School & Adult Education Hour 10:45am in the Church