What Adventure Awaits?

By the time you get this newsletter, we will be well within our Stewardship “campaign.” And I know, I know, it can be a drag hearing pleas for your money, along with your time and talent.

But let me tell you a little bit about why I actually came to Central New York. It was a long discernment process for me. I really had never spent much time in this part of the country, and, frankly, I was afraid. To be so far away from all the things that I was familiar with was daunting. To have to pack up and move — that’s a pain. Simply put, I am not a man who loves change all that much, and this move was all about change.

But that still, small voice kept whispering in my ear, and I finally listened to what the Holy Spirit and all those around me were saying: Go to New York.

And you know what? That wasn’t enough. I still had doubts.

Until I met you.

And what I met was amazing. I met a group of people who love the Lord and love coming together in our amazing churches. I met people who love worshipping in our awesome liturgical way, relishing in the beauty of the Book of Common Prayer. I met people who smile at each other and greet each other and notice when each other is not there one week.

And I met people who believe that God has called them to reach out to the community in love and caring. People who work diligently at the food pantry; people who work to make sure that the poor in our community don’t go hungry or homeless; people who provide young children with a head start in their education. People who visit hospitals and nursing homes. People who make sure their children are aware of how lucky they are to be loved by God.

That’s what drew me here — all y’all.

As we approach Advent, we will be looking at the nuts and bolts of running a church, of doing all those things I’ve come to admire you for — loving God together and loving our neighbors together. And those nuts and bolts demand our time tending them, our talent in making them work, and our treasure in keeping them running.

I think we are on the verge of tremendous change, finding new ways to reach out in love in our worship and in our walk in community, and I am excited to be part of it. Now, we will all have to work together to keep moving forward and nurturing those changes for good. And it won’t always be easy. But as I’ve said before, if you think being a Christian is easy. . . you’re doing it wrong.

We’re in it together.

Together, offering to God our time, talent, and treasure, we will be able to feed our souls with a life of beautiful worship and caring outreach, building up, brick by brick, the kingdom of God here on Earth.

God’s blessings on each of you.

Fr. Steve

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