Hope and the Holy Spirit – 2021 Pledge to St. Mary’s
“And we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Romans 5:2b-5
“I will not leave you orphaned, I am coming to you.” John 3:8
I heard it said once, “if you want to make God laugh, tell Her your plans!” I don’t believe any of us could have planned for what 2020 had in store for us, and the plans we had for 2020 quickly became obsolete. The challenges surrounding the uncertainty in so many areas in our lives are jarring and stressing. From where is our Hope to come?
As followers of Jesus Christ, we know that our Hope comes from God. Throughout the Holy Scriptures we read time and time again of God’s unfailing guidance and protection towards God’s people. Jesus promises several times that He will be with us, always. The Holy Spirit rushes into our hearts and into our world. We are not left alone, orphaned, but rather even in these trying and uncertain times God is with us, transforming us into instruments of Grace for the world.
St. Mary’s seeks to be a beacon of Hope and the Holy Spirit in the world. For those who call St. Mary’s their spiritual home, it is a place to receive God’s grace and to know others in that Grace. It is a bedrock in our lives.
St. Mary’s is also the place from where we go forth and bear Christ into the world. As Christ’s body, we are called to remember and embody Christ’s hope and the Holy Spirit’s presence. We are called to be people who know and embody the fullness of God’s vision for the world, especially in times like these when that vision seems so far off.
This city and our world need Hope right now. As followers of Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts, and we are the ones with the responsibility to share it with the world. This is only possible through your financial support and partnership. Please join us in proclaiming God’s abundant vision to the world by making a meaningful financial pledge to St. Mary’s 2021 annual appeal. St Mary’s needs you to be a part of this great call on our lives.
We will get through this together, and it will take all of us committing our time and our finances so that God’s Good News may truly be good news to us and to the world. Thank you for your partnership and support!
Grace and Peace,
Rev. David Erickson