Now is the opportunity to consider how we will respond to God’s generosity to each of us.
Pause and pray about your giving to further His work through St. Martin’s.
Prayerfully consider what St. Martin’s means to you and your family and what St. Martin’s can do for the Houston Community. Invite God into your heart – so that giving becomes as natural as breathing, for in giving back to him, to his work, – you are doing one of the most godly things you can do. – Luke 6:38
A MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23 RSV
Dear Faithful Members of St. Martin’s,
“Faithful.” I love the word. For me, it evokes both gratitude and inspiration. I am grateful because I have been the beneficiary of faithfulness in so many ways during my life: faithful parenting, faithful friends, faithful spouse, and the unwavering and undaunted faithfulness of God.
I am inspired because the witness of the faithfulness I have received invites me to be faithful. I love that hymn we sing on All Saints Day, For all the Saints. In the third stanza, we sing, “O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old…” Again–a reminder–much of what I have received, has been the gift of the faithful before me, and herein is the plea: may I, as they, live a faithful life.
Friends, as you read these pages, I am asking you to pray–pray that God gives you a heart that is grateful for the faithfulness of others and of God in you life, and pray that our God inspires you to be generous with your 2021 pledge to the work of Jesus Christ in and through St. Martin’s. Those of you who know me know I am unapologetic about asking you to support St. Martin’s with the financial blessings God has faithfully bestowed upon you. This is a year like no other–this is a season like no other. The work of sharing the Gospel in thought, word and deed is as important now, perhaps, as any other time in our lives. We continue to live through a pandemic and all that has come with that. The world we share seems deeply divided in so many ways. We need to boldly lift up the Cross of Christ to remind others–there is victory in that Cross–victory over sin, over hatred, over sickness–even over death. We do that here at St. Martin’s–in our worship, our discipleship, our service to others–even in our fellowship.
If you regularly pledge to St. Martin’s, please keep doing so; and if you have not yet achieved the “tithe” in your on giving, could you consider increasing your 2020 pledge by 10% to step closer to that goal? If you do not yet pledge to St. Martin’s, may I ask that you please, please consider starting to do so this year? Start small, if you wish–and work your way up as your years increase. We count on everyone at St. Martin’s to be faithful, not just some.
So please pray and consider God’s faithfulness to you. Consider the faithfulness of the saints of old–and be inspired, and receive the words Jesus wants to offer all of us who follow Him: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:21