message from our Rector
Greetings in the Name of Christ our Lord!
"Peace, Love and Sharing."
This is the theme for our Stewardship Campaign
for the ensuing year and I'm appreciative of how this wasrecommended
to the Vestry and subsequently approved.
I am also thrilled that this theme is reflected on our Stewardship
Campaign Handout in the form of a circle and further indentified
as "Symbols of Stewardship." As such (in a circular
fashion) it alludes to its interconnectedness; it departs
from a linear understanding as in "Peace" being
first, then "Love" and then "Sharing."
It does, on the contrary, allow us to think that it could
be the case that "Love" precedes the two or that
"Sharing" does not have to be premised by "Peace."
We can "share" because we "love" and thus
gives us "peace."
Its interconnectedness character is amplified
by the various Scripture passages. Paul's Letter to the Philippians
says: "And the peace of God, which surpasses all undersatnding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 4:7) Paul also tells us "Let all you do
be done in love." (I Corinthians 16:14) And in Paul's
Letter to the church in Rome, we read: "Contribute to
the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality."
These passages become more meaningful as
we enter the time to seriously consider our responsibilites
as faithful stewards of God's creation and how it impacts
our commitment towards the upkeep of our parish. Stewardship
means not only "sharing" a generous portion back
to God, the God Love, but also to share similar generous portion
to others, including our faith community, through which, others
are gifted. This brings about in us a kind of "peace"
knowing that we continue to move on in our mission.
As I've said in the past, Ascension Parish
meets her financial needs thru an Operating Budget that includes
as revenues, pledges from her members and benefactors. This
is so significant in our attempt to face the future of Ascension.
Your parish leadership is hoping for a favorable response
to our campaign.
We have designated Sunday, November 22nd
as Commitment Sunday and I invite you to come on that Sunday
and participate in a visual presentation of our pledges.
Thank you so much and I hope to see as many
of you on that day. On behalf of the Vestry, I remain
In God's Service,