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Could this Note be for You?

  • The Rev. Bob Dannals
  • Feb 05, 2018
  • Category: General
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Years ago when I answered the call to ordination, no one could have told me that I would have become a leading giver to the cause. Back then I thought merely my time and energy were my gifts to the church. Such ignorance and arrogance! I thought the church was just there, and I was being called to tend to my particular domain. Back then I was alive to God’s presence but in woeful denial of how the real world works.

Just take a look the next time you’re out and about. The people, communities and institutions that make a difference in the world are those that are well supported. We know from our own lives that the need to focus on survival alone leaves little for giving. Just about everyone has had times like that, making a lasting impression on the psyche — which is where many of our decisions are rooted. And that includes especially our decisions about what we think we can give to others.

One of the most profound things we can do for one another as Christians — and something that Christians can do for the world — is model a giving which is healthy, is proportionate to our circumstances, is honest, and demonstrates that we need not be diminished by our giving.

In other words, our giving is meant to be cheerful, effective and a true reflection of the fundamental abundance of God’s creation.

I’ve met people along the way of my life and ministry who have seemed to learn those deep lessons from parents or from other admirable mentors. But I really did learn this lesson in and from the church. And, therefore, I am passionate to make our church a place where others can receive that life-giving lesson.

During the interim, we have been trying to tell the story of Holy Innocents’, a tale of benevolence, generosity and outreach. Having been here over a year, I am convinced that this parish’s sacred spaces, the table sharing, the rich encounter with spiritual life, the service to the poor and the disenfranchised, the deep caring for each other, and yes, our ministries to children, youth and families, are worth giving to.

If it were just fundraising, it might be simpler. But this is life. Real giving touches the core of our being. Why would you want to miss that?

If you have pledged for 2018, thank you, more than I can say. If you haven’t pledged, you’ll keep hearing from us — by e-mail, by mail, by phone, and maybe in person. Be open to re-committing. Please let go of the fantasy that others will do it for you. This invitation could be for you. Please seize it!

Bob Dannals