Because of God’s Great Mercy is the title of our stewardship emphasis this year. The scriptural basis of this focus on our stewardship of all that God has entrusted into our care is 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may
Jesus’ disciple Peter writes, “You are…God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the might acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” God has made us God’s own people for a purpose, and that purpose is that we may proclaim to the world the story of God’s incredible love. We do that in word, and we also do that in deeds of love and mercy.
Through St. Paul’s, you are involved in proclaiming in both word and deed. You proclaim God’s love in word as we gather weekly for worship, as we teach the faith to children and youth, and as adults gather to study God’s word and support one another in life’s journey. You proclaim God’s love in deed in our community as we partner with Mediator Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, or continue month after month and year after year cooking for hungry at the Life Center in Upper Darby PA. You proclaim God’s love in deed across our country and around the world by giving to Lutheran Charities, World Hunger and to the support of our mission recently in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Sometimes it is difficult to see all that our congregation is doing. Make no mistake, because of you and many others, St. Paul’s is making a difference as we proclaim God’s mighty acts.
We begin by proclaiming all that God has done for us, hence the title Because of God’s Great Mercy. God has made us God’s own people. We will also consider how generous giving is an important part of every Christian’s life, and how our combined generosity can make even greater things possible through our congregation.
We will think together about how our giving to St. Paul’s is an important part of our Christian faith, and how St. Paul’s uses our offerings to do God’s work within the congregation’s walls, in our community, and around the world.
The Reverend Dr. Harry McDowell II, Senior Pastor
The Reverend Laura Tancredi, Associate Pastor
William A. Henderson Jr., Council President & Stewardship Chair