Happy fall! It’s time for beautiful colors, and leaf piles, and cooler temperatures. It’s time for Halloween costumes, and pumpkin patches, and pumpkin spice everything. And in the church, it’s time for the S word again. You know the one.
It’s a word that makes many people squirm just a little, or sigh as they settle in to listen to yet another sermon about time, talent and treasure. If it makes people feel uncomfortable, or bored, why does the church devote an entire season to it? Why not just have a stewardship Sunday and get it over with?
I think the season of stewardship is a lot like fall. We can look around and see too many leaves to rake again, birds leaving for warmer climates, and waning hours of daylight, or we can take a step back and celebrate the beautiful fruits of our labor. Fall offers us an opportunity to give thanks for the blessings we’ve received, and so does stewardship season. Both also provide an opportunity to look ahead and prepare for the future. What will we need, not just to survive, but to grow and thrive in the seasons to come? What groundwork do we need to lay now to make that possible?
This year we’ve celebrated the last 60 years at Holy Comforter, and honored those whose hard work and generosity paved the way for the thriving congregation we see today. We will continue to celebrate this fall with reflections from members on Sunday mornings, and a farewell celebration for Father Bill on November 18th. At the same time, the church leadership will continue our energizing and prayerful discernment about Holy Comforter’s future, and our ever growing need to live into our name and our mission.
I invite you to join us in this season of stewardship. Look around and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Offer thanks to God and each other for the blessings we have received, and share those blessings with others. Then take some time to pray about our future. What might it look like if Holy Comforter fully lives into its name, its mission and its vision? What will Holy Comforter need to make that happen, and how will you be a part of it?
Jamie Rumsey, Senior Warden