Simon’s Says ~ from Alan

I read an article last week that struck me as both timely and timeless:  Beyond Abundance:  Is Stewardship Ethical?  Written by David King, Professor at Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy in the Summer 2018 issue of Word & World, it is timely because this weekend our United Church enters the annual season of Stewardship, when we consider the many ways you and I support and maintain God’s mission and ministry.  And timeless, because the article actually revisits a classic 1930 essay by Reinhold Niebuhr, published in The Christian Century under the same title, Is Stewardship Ethical?  We’ll be exploring the question a little more this Sunday.

But our season of Stewardship is going to be a different one, and I think a special one.  In the first 2 weeks we will look at some classic biblical texts (Micah 6.8, “What does the Lord require but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God?” and a bit of the Beatitudes, “You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world.”). The next two weeks will broaden our understanding of stewardship and service:  on Sunday November 11 we will honor the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Great War (later come to be called World War I).  Among other things, we will observe the day with selected poetry of the era, and with a ceremonial pealing of our church bells at 11:00 a.m., the time the armistice was signed.

Then on Sunday November 18 we will welcome Dr. Christianna Singh to worship.  Dr. Singh is Principal of Lady Doak College in Madurai, India; as most of you know, Lady Doak was founded by a daughter of our church, Katie Wilcox.  Dr. Singh will share with us the wonderful work the college continues to undertake, and we will celebrate our long-tenured connection with the institution.  You will definitely want to be with us that day.  And just to bring our stewardship theme full circle, we will also be dedicating our 2019 pledges during worship that morning.

A season of stewardship, a season of sharing God’s good news here in Chester and halfway across the world.  It is a privilege to be doing this good work together.

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