While on pilgrimage this summer, I realized that, though renewal is typically an inward process, true transformation happens when we share our revived spiritual life with others, shining Christ's light for them to see.
When someone's world is completely gloomy and absolutely bleak, we can become a flashlight in their darkness, reminding them they're not alone and that they are loved. Father Greg Boyle, who created a gang intervention, rehab and re-entry program explains, "None of us can save anybody. But we all find ourselves in this dark, windowless room, fumbling for grace and flashlights. You aim the light this time, and I'll do it the next."
This fall as we consider our annual pledges I invite you to think about how our operating budget does so much more than pay the monthly bills; our pledge dollars become beams of light out into the world around us. Jesus proclaims, "You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others" (Matthew 5:14-16).
As you prayerfully consider your pledge (there is a link to fill it in below), consider how our many individual lights shine even brighter together. Your financial commitment will allow us to do just that together...become a beam reaching the bleakest places of our world, shining God's love into the hearts of all.
In Christ's joy,
Remove the pledge card you received in the mail and fill it out to make your pledge to "Be the Light" in the world. If you didn't receive a mailed brochure, please email us so we can mail one to you. Bring it on Ingathering Sunday (November 10th) when we'll celebrate the many ways we shine God's love into the world.
Have questions about why pledging is an important part of our faith? Want to know the difference between an offering and a tithe? Learn more about the pledging process here.
The Ingathering Ceremony on November 10 is the day we join together to pledge our commitment to the mission and vision of our parish. Although you're welcome to return your pledge card at any time, participating in this Ingathering celebration is an important way to renew your commitment to St. Andrew's as part of our family of faith