2018 is the year of Stewardship here at St. Mark’s.  For me what comes to mind for is “why?”  There have been a lot of whys asked this year.  When people as themselves “why,” aren’t they really trying to find “understanding and relevance?”  Therefore, all these “why” questions can be answered by one simple word, “purpose.”

We have all heard the questions; “Why do we need more stewardship?” “Why, what else is going to change?”  “Why should I give more money?”  “why, do they really need that much?”   “Why did he really have to go?”

The first of these questions can be answered by an excerpt of Acts 13:36 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors …”

We now know why he was sent here.  St. Mark’s has been transformed into a multi-ethnic parish, with capacity to properly nurture, house and educate Christian theology and worship.  David was done here.

As for us, we need to look forward to what will be. This forward-looking “purpose” will answer the other questions.  The best place to start is Jeremiah 32:19, which says, “Great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.”

Unmistakably, “purpose” contains deeds, or simply put doing something. Isn’t t that what Stewardship is all about. Isn’t that what we’re all about, here at St. Mark’s.  Drawing from the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Stewardship, the spirit of St. Mark’s, I call upon you, “Go do good deeds.”

Don Fontana

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