[From the Rev. Canon Anne Moore]
“Much is required of the person to whom much is given; much more is required of the person to whom much more is given.” [Luke 12:48]
As followers of Jesus, these words apply as much today as they did nearly two thousand years ago. We are reminded to look at all God has placed in our care.
It is easy to get caught up in the materialism of today’s society, confusing our own wants as needs. It is easy to forget that Jesus calls us by our Baptism to continue the work He began on earth. It is our responsibility to ensure that we pass on the faith to upcoming generations, and to support the work of the Church here in our own community and throughout the world.
Over the last few weeks you may have heard about the Joyful Giving campaign which we are undertaking at St. George’s. In considering a joyful gift, we recognize that all our gifts, abilities and possessions come from God. We acknowledge that we live, love and work because God gave us the ability and opportunity to do so. We realize that without God’s free gift of our lives and our physical and mental abilities, any effort on our part would be useless. In fact, our very ambition to go out and work is itself part of God’s loving gift of our own human nature.
Likewise, all the material possessions we have derive from God’s continued will to allow us to keep them. The gift of free will means that God allows us to decide what we will do with our lives and our wealth. To give joyfully is our choice. God is inviting us into a complete loving relationship. Our gift will also strengthen our loving relationships with God’s people because it will help support our parish and our diocese.
As part of the relay, a large envelope will soon be dropped off at your home. Please read through the various parts, and follow the instructions. You may keep some of the information but some of it is meant to be passed on to the next person on the list. We would ask that you would deliver it to that person within a few days so that the whole campaign can be wrapped up quickly.
I am asking you to prayerfully consider your contribution to the work of the Church, here in our own parish, in our diocese and beyond. When you have done so, use the enclosed worksheet to decide what planned proportion of the family income you wish to give to the Lord’s use and place the completed intention card in the enclosed envelope. You may place it in the collection plate on Sunday, or mail it to the church office.
Thank you for your past generous support of the Church and the needs of your brothers and sisters. May God bless you and your family abundantly.
The Reverend Canon Anne Moore