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Rector's Corner

Gratitude

  • The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
  • Oct 22, 2019
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This Sunday, October 27 will be the moment when we gather the pledges of our community for the next year. We have talked about stepping up our giving and moving towards a higher percentage of income. We have reviewed the scriptural and historical traditions behind giving. We have heard from parishioners why they give. At the end of the day, giving to any institution comes from gratitude for the work done there.

So, let’s talk about the last year or so at Holy Innocents’. A quick list is pretty incredible:

  • The Rev. Kenya Thompson joins the staff as Associate Rector for Christian Community
  • Sean Vogt joins the staff as Director of Music
  • Paul Campbell joins the staff as Assistant Director of Music
  • Renee Stephens joins the staff as Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries
  • Hannah Kelly joins the staff as Seminarian
  • Camille Waller joins the staff as Parish Accountant
  • The Rev. John Porter returns to help us as Sunday Associate for Outreach
  • The Church and School complete a full update and revision of the school bylaws
  • The Church completes a Human Resources Manual and an Accounting Manual
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe becomes a Spanish-speaking ministry and mission of Holy Innocents’
  • Megan and Renee lead over 70 children in VBS
  • The Sunday School for our youngest children has to add a class for the influx of new folks
  • Our first welcome dinner for newcomers at the Rector’s home is attended by 50 people
  • Committees plan and prepare events in the life of the church
  • Pentecost features a new set of red vestments

For many churches, that list would take two or three years. All of those accomplishments have happened in the last 10 months.

The best part is that list does not include the real reasons we come together in prayer and song. We come to find connection to God and one another. Think of the friendships made, the laughter and tears shared, the very real and deep connections of this community. These are the moments for which we are grateful: this church and its willingness to be a faithful witness of God’s love in a fractured world.

Now, think of all that God has given each of us. The family, friendships, health, work or retirement, and so much more. The very air with which we fill our lungs is a gift. Everything comes from God’s gracious love. Our response is stewardship - to try to order all we do in grateful response. So, think of all we are given, think of the growth and hope growing at Holy Innocents’, think of all that comes from God, and then join us this Sunday to give back in prayer, praise, and giving. See you Sunday!