Last Sunday in my sermon, I focused on the question God asked Elijah and Mr. Gooch asked me; WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? So as a church, how are WE answering this question? If you had been answering, “We’re here to worship God on Sundays,” you are probably finding this season to be a tough and bewildering stretch.
Yes, weekend services were a pivotal part of our life, and every church is called to corporate worship, but if you were only an “hour-on-Sunday” enterprise you were already vastly diminishing the vision and mission of the church.
While every church should embrace, celebrate and promote corporate worship, too many churches made that celebration the end-all for the life of the church. We say that the church isn’t bricks and mortar, but a community of faith that can be strategically served by bricks and mortar. Yet too many churches were never leaving the building. The goal of the church is to be the church in the community where it resides, attempting to reach and serve in the name of Jesus. The pandemic has broken us out of our gospel ghettos and holy huddles and into the neighborhoods and streets where we live.
So ask yourself, in a way perhaps you never have before:
“What are we doing here?”
And then let the answer take you places you’ve never been before, in order to be more relevant and effective than ever.
In order to go to those places, we encourage generosity in every aspect of our common life. Through the ways we volunteer our time to the church and wider community; through the ways we offer our specific gifts and talents in service of our Lord; and in the ways we use our financial resources.
We believe that responsible and disciplined financial stewardship – giving back to God a portion of what God has given us – is critical to spiritual health. It is important for the life of our church and ministry at this time. By giving freely and bountifully to God through the ministry of St. Paul's, we enable a tremendous amount of good work to be done within and outside our four walls.