|Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the ways that you imitate our Generous Living Lord.
Thank you from Ron, who is fighting cancer with great courage because his Episcopal church surrounds him in prayer. (Though these names are changed, their stories are true.)
- Thank you from Mary, who for five years has successfully wrestled the demons of addiction in a twelve step program in her neighborhood Episcopal parish hall.
- Thank you from Carman, a young adult who left the balmy south to teach 3rd graders in inner city Detroit, because, “my high school priest always told me that Jesus wants us to go do good work.”
- Thank you from Luke, a teenager whose life was enriched at the Cathedral Domain; from Dave and Mary – parents of very sick baby Tiffany – who slept at St. Agnes House last night instead of in their car; from Wes, whose life is made richer because he takes time from work every summer to volunteer at a Reading Camp.
Thank you from every child who met Jesus in Sunday school, every lonely adult who found friendship over coffee hour, every public servant whose values were formed by the Gospel of justice, and every person who finds a life worth living in the good news of Christ.
If you have been a financial supporter of your parish you have touched these lives and many more. On behalf of them all, known and unknown, I thank you! Your generosity has changed their lives for good.
In this season you will be asked to contribute to many life changing ministries in your parish and throughout the Diocese. I hope you will respond with glad and generous hearts. I encourage you to make a generous pledge to your parish. Beyond this, I hope you will respond to those ministries beyond your parish that touch your heart.
We love, because God first loved us; we give, because in this important act God’s love flows through us to our neighbors next door and around the world. This is why I give. I hope you will join me.
I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. I continue to be blessed and thankful for the richness of our shared ministry in God’s mission.