PS - in a recent workshop I was introduced to the idea of saying "thanks" for one's financial commitment. As one of the most public figures for our congregation I decided to express personal appreciation to everyone who exited the church today for their financial commitments. It was fun and felt good to say thanks ... if you weren't in church on Sunday then, "Thank you for every way in which you support St. Martin's United Church!"
Sunday, 5 November 2017
Vision and Investment
Even though I believe that no one in the church should apologize for speaking about money (after all every dimension of our lives involves saving, managing and spending money), the Annual Stewardship Sermon always seems a little uncomfortable for the preacher. This year it occurred to me that money and vision are inextricably tied together. If we have a vision for our community of faith it will invariably involve money whether that's to welcome a refugee, heat the building or employ the custodian. Yet, giving money without a vision is not very exciting. I invite you to use this blog to name some of the visions/hopes you have for our community of faith. In what should St. Martin's being investing itself? Where does the gospel story, our personal passions and the interests of the culture intersect? That is where our focus should be. I look forward to your ideas.