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We belong! It’s that simple.
And yes, “to belong” is also a verb, especially when the subject it refers to in a sentence—or in one’s life—is God. This is the good news we hear from St. Paul in his letter to the Church at Corinth. God has generously called us as the body of Christ.
Together, we, as the Cathedral Congregation, are building God’s beloved community here in this place. Through our collective witness and ministry, God’s love flows from us to our neighbors and to the world.
Sustaining this ministry financially is our collective responsibility. As we enter a season of prayerful reflection on supporting our beloved community, we celebrate the many gifts we have by belonging to our Cathedral family. In joyful thanksgiving for these and God’s many other blessings, we’re called to share of the financial abundance God has shared with us.
For our Cathedral to continue its powerful witness to God’s love for the world, we must fund the stone and mortar, the beautiful worship and the life-changing ministries that exist solely because we are called to praise God and feed Jesus’ sheep. If we are to seek and serve Christ in all persons and love our neighbors as ourselves (bcp 1979, 305), we must joyfully give back a portion, not of our own, but of God’s bounty.
We, therefore, invite you to join us in making a meaningful financial commitment to our collective work of building up the church and its work in service to God’s creation. God provides us generously with the resources to do what God calls us to do. Let us trust and celebrate this!
—Anne Stubbs & Jeff Taggart
Stewardship Committee co-chairs