Dear Christ Church,
What if joy were the mark of Christian community? In a culture that is suffering a meaning crisis, prone to nihilism, what if the thing that set us apart was a tenacious sense of contentment? Such joy is possible because we know that “this is our Father’s world,” and we are in good hands. This joy is not only from our Father, but also for our Father. God is delighted by our joy.
This kind of joy marks Christian’s generosity. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, already known for their ready zeal, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” That word “cheerful,” literally translates “hilarious.” That’s some serious joy. Christ Church, it’s time for us to give with hilarity.
Together, we have recently been deciding in our heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, what our cheerful gift will be (see our recent letter here). I invite you to complete the pledge card today, as we approach Celebration Sunday this weekend. For those attending, you can also submit a physical pledge card in person this Sunday, joining the company of saints who bring our offerings to the Table. For many of you, this is an annual habit of discernment; others of you might be relatively new to Christ Church, or to regular giving. Join us in our in call to gospel-based generosity!
Last Sunday we had a wonderful Annual Parish Meeting. If you missed it, you can catch up with this recording. At the end, we remembered together the goodness of our God the past twelve months with a beautiful video recapping an extraordinary year of parish life. It’s such an inspiration to me to recall your faithfulness and God’s mercies.
Two final reminders: Mark your calendars to join us for Worship in the City, in a public space near you, March 21st (see locations here). Finally, and sadly, don’t forget that we lose an hour of sleep this Saturday night as we set our clocks forward one hour.