A talk by Paul McGeary
Oct. 7, 2018
We begin today our month-long Stewardship campaign for 2019, leading up to Ingathering Sunday on Nov. 4. This year’s theme is “Renewing Our Covenant.
”What do we mean by “Renewing Our Covenant”?
In a narrow sense this year’s theme harks back to the commitment we made as a parish last year to increase our support each year for the next five years to put St. John’s on a firm foundation.

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But in a larger sense, a covenant is a promise we make to God ourselves and the the larger world. It is a statement that we will follow the principles of Christ in our lives as individuals and as a community. That we will in a word be good stewards of the world that has been entrusted to us.
I cannot think of stewardship without thinking of Adele Ervin. Her life expressed the concept of stewardship: of her church, her communities and among her friends. Her many gifts, large and small, known and unknown, were a perfect, if sometimes gruff, expression of her faith in God and her neighbors.
One of her favorite passages was Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 13.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
In the King James version, love is translated as “charity.” We’ve updated that since then because the definition of Charity has narrowed over the centuries, but at the time of the King James version, charity would have meant much more than it does today. It came from the Latin “caritas”
Thomas Aquinas said that charity—caritas—extends not only to the love of God, but also to the love of our neighbor. Here at St. John’s we express “caritas” in many ways: Harvest Meals, Grace Center, AA, Music program, all of which are expressions of “caritas”—charity—love.
Last year’s Stewardship theme was “Acts of Love.” When we renew our covenant we renew our commitment to the acts of love (caritas) that we practice as the body of Christ.
When you make your pledge, your are increasing that reservoir of love and charity that we bring into the world. You help make this world a better place.
Please consider that when your pledge card arrives.

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