Gifts to the Church → Trusting in the Lord
Our Gospel Reading from John 14 recounts what Jesus says to His disciples as He prepares to leave them. Specifically, the Lord says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” You may be aware that in Jesus’ time (as well as in many parts of the world today) the common greeting was Shalom. That means, of course, “peace.” It is nonetheless not only a greeting but it is also what people said when they parted.
Jesus makes a point of making it clear to His followers and to us that He is not just saying “Peace” the way people usually do, but from Him it is filled with more strength and meaning. It is “Not as the world gives” that Jesus is saying “Peace be with you.” Jesus is telling us that He through the Holy Spirit will always be with us, stand next to us, and strengthen us. That is something we must believe. Trusting in the Lord is a key aspect of stewardship.
In our world we are more likely to say “Good-bye” than “Shalom.” However, even that has a meaning with a much deeper message. “Good-bye” derives from the farewell “God be with you” or “God be with ye.” Thus, when we say “good-bye” we are also giving someone the same message that Jesus gives us. God is with us — always. He loves you.
2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal
As you are by now aware, this weekend is the Diocesan Annual Appeal Pledge Weekend. I would like to sincerely thank all of you who regularly participate in this annual appeal. Your gifts truly make a difference! For those who don’t regularly give to this appeal, please consider giving a gift this year. Every gift, no matter how small, brings us closer to our diocesan goal of $14,877. We need everyone’s participation to achieve this goal! To make it even more convenient to give, the diocese has an improved online giving system at: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate. If you are unable to give this year, we ask that you please return your card with “0” in the amount pledged box. We are truly grateful and blessed by all who trust in the Lord and give sacrificially of their treasure to St. Mary’s Parish and to this annual diocesan appeal.
Please remember St. Mary’s with a gift in your will or estate plan!