Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


Clergy Corner

Fields We Didn't Sow

  • The Rev. Bob Dannals
  • Sep 28, 2017
  • Category: General
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It's a remarkable thing to have a homecoming. The event last Sunday was remarkable in itself, calling to mind the fullness of this parish, of its wonderful heritage. To have back several beloved rectors and associate clergy was to acknowledge that they remain in evidence in spirit, tone and enthusiasm. And the wonderful esprit de corp of active members -- past and present -- was something to behold. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the many people who worked so hard to make it a special occasion.

In the Exodus, God said to the people of Israel: "You will occupy cities you didn't build, gather from vines you didn't plant, reap fields you didn't sow. This new territory is my gift to you. Receive it. It's yours."

God just asked one thing of them. God asked them to remember. When all this came to them, God asked them not to forget where it came from. "Do not say to yourselves, 'Our power and the might of our own hands have gotten us this wealth.' But remember the Lord your God. For it is he who gives you the power to do anything."

During this fall, I invite this congregation to reflect on God's blessings. We are on the verge of the next promising chapters of this parish's life. Let us not forget from whence the blessings come. And as you receive your pledge cards next week, please measure those blessings as you consider an amount to give. Fill out a pledge card, not in a sense of obligation, but in a sense of thanksgiving and worship. And this year, in addition to a full and generous pledge to the annual effort, please consider an additional gift to reduce the debt on the buildings.

Remember. These are fields we didn't plant. They have been given to us as a gift from God, to tend, to steward, to appropriate for the building up of God's kingdom.

Blessings and thanks.

Bob Dannals