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The Importance of Your Support
As we reflect on the past year, we are grateful for all that we have accomplished at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary Magdalene & St. Martin. With the help and participation of our parishioners, we have been the light of Christ for many in our local community. Our church has reached out beyond our walls and fed the homeless, supported at-risk youth, helped families in need, assisted immigrants, helped medically fragile kids to be able to thrive, spiritually supported residents in memory care, started a new laundry ministry to support the dignity of people, and so much more! In addition, we have offered meaningful worship and educational and musical opportunities to grow in faith, provide education so that we can approach our civic duties mindful of our Christian lives, and celebrate God through the arts. Once again, our community of faith is responding to our calling as Christians by offering grants to other non-profits that support northern Broward County. It is clear the Holy Spirit is alive and active, blowing through our community and touching the lives of many people.
While these examples are visible signs of God’s presence among us, it is essential to remember that they are made possible only through the financial support of people like you, our friends, and members of our community of faith.
Giving money to the church is a spiritual practice. The connection between money and spiritual work, though, can be confusing and even hurtful. Society has so many mixed messages about why we should give, how much, and what the money is for. For Christians, the decision to give is not primarily financial in nature. It’s rooted in 1) the nature of God and 2) our relationship with God.
John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave …” This declaration isn’t simply an evangelical promotional slogan or an effective witnessing tool. It’s a revelation of the heart of God and a summation of the meaning of the Christian life. If there’s one thing the New Testament teaches us, it’s that God is love and that those of us who claim to believe in God ought to love one another as God has loved us (1 John 4:8, 11). And the message of John 3:16 is that love gives.