Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yes We Can!

Like the little engine that could, when we face goals that seem impossible we know, somewhere deep inside of us, we can accomplish anything we put our minds to. There has been a lot of talk at Parish Council and in the parish about our financial situation. There is, underlying all the talk, a deep and abiding trust that we will pull ourselves out of the current dilemma. There’s not only been talk, there has been action too.

One of the things we’re doing is having a stewardship focus this Lent. Now, don’t let that scare you away. Stewardship is not about money, it is about the just and proper use of all the resource we have at our disposal.

We are kicking off Lent with a dramatic reading of Oscar Wilde’s children’s story, “The Selfish Giant.” If you know the story you’ll know right away why we’re using it. If not, once you hear it, you know the connection between it and the journey Christ Jesus is on in Lent (to his death and resurrection). It is also a story with an underlying theme of generosity and the need to be gracious with what God has blessed us with.

We believe, as a Christian people, that God has blessed us with all the resources we need to do God’s work in our community. On the other Sundays in Lent this year we will have a sermon series about stewardship called, “Yes We Can!” It is not a sermon series about money, but money is one of our resources and will be spoken about too. Like it or not, money is a spiritual issue.

The topics of the sermon series are: Responsibility, Narrative Budget, Living Abundantly and Money. I get the joy of tackling that last one. Please remain with us as we tackle this sensitive and important topic. Can we make it up that mountain? – Yes We Can!

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