“As you work, as you come and go, as you pass among the crowds, to be a contemplative will mean simply that you try to turn to Jesus within you and enter into conversation with Him, as with the one you love the most in the world.” (Little Sister Magdeleine of Jesus)
Madeleine Hutin was a 20th century contemplative who was inspired by intense visions of the Infant Jesus early in her life and found her vocation to live modestly among the poor much like Jesus during his “hidden years” as a carpenter before his public ministry. She established an order of Little Sisters of Jesus whose aim was, not to evangelize in a formal sense, but to live within the world like leaven, imparting a spirit of love.
Our mission as a parish is much the same. As we take on the likeness of Christ within ourselves, loving God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength, we then go out into the world offering a sense of peace and comfort for all to know. It’s not always easy. Our world is filled with messages and examples to the contrary. But we can still come home to be fed again, to strengthen our souls, and to turn inward to the One who is true.
That’s why Stewardship continues to be so important!!! Some may wonder why we need a Stewardship Campaign in the middle of a COVID crisis. People looking for relief from the world may wonder why they should even consider “joining” a Christian community in the midst of world upheaval. I can only look to my own reasons for coming to All Saints and St. George’s Parish just a few short months ago to answer that question: God called me here at just such a time as this (Reference to Esther 4:14). I know I belong here and I know I am called to join all of you to be that likeness of Christ in this world. And, much like the Little Sisters of Jesus, I ask that you join me. Our spiritual and financial participation today is more important than ever.
As we look toward the new year and find creative ways to support each other and our parish ministries in these trying times, please consider your life in Christ and how He is moving within you. Take time out of every day to recognize His presence. Acknowledge His love. Offer your true self in return. And join us as we enter into stewardship with one another in preparing to offer out God’s love and ministry in 2021. It’s easy. Take time to review our new Q & A pamphlet on what Stewardship means and how parish resources are utilized, as well as, listen carefully to my sermon on Stewardship from Sunday, November 8, 2020. Fill out your pledge card for 2021, on line or by mail, and send it in today. We will be blessing all pledges on Sunday, December 13, 2020.
Feel free to call me, our new treasurer Christine Stanley, or one of our Vestry members and ask questions. Your membership, pledge and presence truly do make a difference.
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
Mother Shelley +
Rector, All Saints Church and St. George’s Chapel