“Ministry Minute” offered by Cooper Morrison (10:45 a.m. liturgy)
Sunday, November 6, 2016 – All Saints’ and Commitment Sunday
Now, more the ever, we are being called to live into the vision of St. Peter’s: to become “Bold followers of Jesus.” I am reminded of this vision on this Commitment Sunday as we collectively offer our pledges to St. Peters for 2017.
We know the world is broken, this city is broken, and we are broken. Between the politics, the fear, the hatred, our own self-centeredness and distractions, our world is in deep need of our Christian voice. We are being called to be a beacon of hope in center city Charlotte.
St. Peter’s is in the midst of claiming its voice in the city because of who we are. Our church is the most diverse church of which I have ever been a member. I have been transformed through the relationships I have formed here, most particularly in my understanding of the injustice in the world that happens every day to my friends and neighbors and from which my own privilege shields me.
I feel pride seeing parishioners out in the community building relationships, loving our neighbors, and standing for justice in T-shirts that proclaim our radical love and welcome saying: “We are one body because we share one bread, one cup.”
So I ask all of you now to consider a pledge to St. Peter’s. I have faith your presence here gives you proof enough of the enormous blessing God provides – know that is enough for us all to live. Take a risk in your giving, if that means making your first pledge or increasing your pledge to return equally the blessings God has provided.
Be Bold: Join this crowd to affect good change in the world. Support St. Peter’s by offering your pledge for 2017.
Why I give…
I pledge to the annual fund, with a 10% tithe as my goal, because of an abiding love for the beautiful body of Christ at St. Peter’s, and the life-changing parish vision that connects us one to another. All that we are and offer are rooted in a certain holy hope that lives within each of us to impact the world for good through the Episcopal tradition.
“St. Peter’s has a bold vision with several compelling reasons to give from abundance. Looking back, my parents had good, secure jobs and made certain I got a good education. I didn’t earn any of that – they are all blessings, gifts – gifts from God. I have lived a life of abundance, by any measure, and my abundance is actually God’s abundance. So when I give to St Peter’s, all I’m doing is giving a bit back to God’s church. In the end, everything we have is a gift from God.”
“I give to St. Peter’s because where else could I get more “bang for my bucks” than what this parish offers in the way of beautiful liturgy, inspiring music, stimulating educational opportunities, a diverse congregation, and meaningful outreach – all four which nourish my soul.”
“My family pledges to ensure that St Peter’s continues to provide the services, spiritual education, and fellowship that compelled us to become members in the first place. Our modest commitment, when aggregated with others, helps create a financial stability that allows our clergy and fellow members to focus on the congregation and our surrounding community.”
The faces and energy of our children and youth and the stellar programs offered to form them and their parents are priceless. I hope parents also are giving whatever amount they can to support our vision.
We have a vision that is amazing and exciting. We are inviting all people to invest themselves through the resources that God has given us — our energy, our prayers, and our money—in this work to which God has called us.
I give so that St. Peter’s might give increasingly more to outreach and social justice matters – to the needs of God’s people beyond our doors.
Pledging proclaims what we believe in such a way that we offer other people an opportunity to participate with us in our vision and mission.
The future and vision for St. Peter’s is in the hands of all who make this thriving place their spiritual home. Because I enjoy so many privileges that money affords me, I spiritually am obligated to share it – maybe even more than I have in the past – to benefit my church.
Every pledge amount matters greatly because it is more blessed to give than to receive. This time, I increased my pledge, not by much, but I believe in our vision and want to do my fair share.
Pledging is the least I can do for the countless blessing that I have and continue to receive from God. Money matters, especially for churches to succeed and not worry about how to do what they are supposed to do out of love for God.