Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—July 28, 2016
We hear more and more about the importance of preparing for retirement, planning for the future, making provisions for long term care, for the education of our children, for security in our old age. All of these are important for our peace of mind and for those with whom we share our lives.
But how much is ‘enough’? Books are written on this subject, countless seminars and webinars made available. If you haven’t updated your will or other documents recently, it may be time to do so, particularly if you have children or your life situation has changed. The stewardship of our goods and our lives is important for ourselves and for the people and the things we love. Jesus thought it was important as well.
In the gospel for this coming Sunday, someone asks Jesus to make his brother split the inheritance with him. Jesus’ response was to talk about greed and priorities, in a story about a man who had so much that he had to build bigger barns to store it all. God’s response to this man: “You fool!” You can read it all in Luke 12:13-21 (see below for a link) http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp13_RCL.html
It’s one of the all-time stewardship favorites: Build for yourselves “an unfailing treasure in heaven…for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” And it’s how we serve, and how we give, and how we love others that adds to that heavenly treasure chest !
Let us pray:
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing, Carol+
* All the readings for Sundays, Saints Days and Special Observances may be found here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/
Just a reminder: Summer worship schedule has begun: one service at 9:00am, with hymns and other music. Family or friends visiting for the weekend? Invite them to join you for worship at St Thomas!
Many will be traveling throughout the summer. Please remember to help St Thomas Church by keeping your pledge up to date! Also, if you visit another church, please bring back a service leaflet – always nice to see what other churches are doing.