Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

1/14/2007

Good stewards

Burning pledgesThe photo at left shows financial pledges made to King of Peace burning unopened. Each year we ask those who consider King of Peace to be their church (whether memmbers yet or not) to write down a pledge for the coming year. They go in sealed envelopes and are brought forward at the offering. At the end of the service they are burned unopened. The pledges are between the person who made it and God.

After the worship service this morning, King of Peace will have its annual meeting. We'll elect new members to the Mission Council, which is our church board. We'll also approve the budget for this year. So here are a few related items:

A man and his son went to church. Afterwards, the father complained to his boy that the service was too long, the preacher was boring, and the singing was off key.

The boy responded, "Daddy, I thought it was pretty good for the dollar you paid."

Christ has no body now
on earth, but yours;
no hands but yours;
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
He is to go about doing good;
yours are the hands
with which He is
to bless people now.
—St. Teresa of Avila

Not everything that can be counted, counts.
And not everything that counts, can be counted.
—Albert Einstein

As each has received a gift,
use it to serve one another
as good stewards of God's varied grace.
—1 Peter 4:10

1 Comments:

  • At 1/14/2007 5:29 PM, Blogger CSL said…

    I like that practice of burning the pledges unopened. I think our Meeting's practice is similar in spirit - pledges are made only internally, and people respond to the needs as they feel led.

     

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