The View from the Rectory - October 2020
During the past couple of months, we have heard the Bible passages Romans 12.3-8 and Ephesians 2.13-22 during one of our Sunday services. Both of these passages talk about us ‘being one'. In Romans 12 we are reminded that, ‘For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.' In Ephesians 2 we are reminded that different cultures are one humanity and are all children of God.
Being one, reminds us that we are all equal, and though we might have some differences and unique skills, we are all equal and equally valued by God. It also reminds us that we are all interconnected. We all need one another, and the different roles and contributions we bring to society. This year more than ever we have seen how connected humanity is to one another, and how reliant we are on one another. The coronavirus has spread from one country to another and one county to another, as we are so closely linked together. Similarly, the support we have needed during this time, or been able to give, has shown how much we do need one another. Humanity is incredibly closely connected to one another. We are all essentially part of a community. We are, one body.
All of this links to stewardship. Stewardship is not a word we hear that often these days, but it simply refers to our responsibly to something which has been entrusted to us, which we have the role of supervising and the task of taking care of. It is then, the ethic which embodies responsible management and care. We are called to exercise responsible stewardship of, so taking care of, the world, one another and the Church. There are various ways we can do this. We might give our time to support someone, we could offer some resource or skills and expertise we have to assist a project, or we might donate money to help a cause.
The past month we have been thinking in Church about God's creation and we marked Climate Sunday and Harvest (both of these online services are still available to view on the Churches YouTube channel). We have been celebrating the goodness and abundance of God's created world, and praying for a more equal sharing of the world's resources and for a sustainable future for all. We have also been considering how we can be better stewards of God's creation, such as ways we can make a positive impact against the damaging effects of climate change.
As well as this, we have been thinking about the Churches financial position. Sadly, without financial support, the mission and ministry of the Church will be vastly hindered. We included an article about finances in the last issue of the magazine, informing everyone that unfortunately we are struggling greatly with finances this year. This is, of course, a huge shame, as we would not want money to be the issue which negatively affects our mission and ministry - which includes regular services, the upkeep of the buildings, community engagement, pastoral care, schools work, charity work, events and groups, and so on. It is therefore important that we consider our role as stewards of the Church and think about how we can support our ongoing mission and ministry. We are hopeful that for some this might include a kind additional regular donation toward the upkeep of the Church and our ongoing and developing mission and ministry in Market Deeping.
As I began by saying, we are ‘all one'. We are one humanity, made, and loved, by God. We have a responsibility as his children to care for what he has given us, including the world, one another, and the Church. This month, why not spend some time reflecting on your role in this ‘one body' of the world and Church, and how you might be able to exercise responsibly stewardship at the moment?
Please continue to keep taking care everyone. As ever, I look forward to seeing you all when we can.
With best wishes and prayers,
Rev'd George Holding