In exile, far away from home and with much they knew destroyed, God’s people held onto a stubborn hope. It was a hope not in themselves and their strength, but in who God was. These words from Jeremiah 31: 1-8 have meant much to the Stewardship Committee in recent months. The whole text is worth your time, but we have leaned into verse 2: “Thus says the Lord: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness.”
Grace in the Wilderness. Even in this most difficult time, we have found grace – or more correctly, grace has found us…in creation, in each other, in the ways God has accompanied us and continued to teach us. God made promises to the people in exile then, and God continues to make promises to God’s people now. Through that grace, the Holy Spirit continues to teach us.
We deeply believe that now is not a time to “hold steady” until things can be “like they were.” We believe we are called to use this time to be even more fully who God calls us to be, our faith renewed and strengthened. As we grieve all we continue to lose, and as we reach towards an uncertain future, we listen for the Spirit’s call to be a people that worships with thoughtfulness and joy, gathers in community to learn, and reaches out to our neighbors in a time when the needs seem only to grow.
This year’s Stewardship Campaign, Grace in the Wilderness, will be a time when we reflect upon our common life and listen for the Holy Spirit’s leadings on our giving to the church. Where have you seen grace in the wilderness these last several months? How is God calling you to give back to WPC and our community? We invite and challenge you to reflect on these questions as we journey through this Stewardship season.
Stewardship is an invitation to participate in the work of the Spirit at Westminster. Your commitment of financial pledges is critical to Westminster’s mission and ministry and to the future of this church. Pledges help us build and plan as we move forward into God’s future together. We need every household to make a commitment. Why? Because God is, in God’s own heart, the One who gives. We are called, as followers of this same God, to be generous.
Please download and review the 2021 Stewardship Packet and spend time with the resources provided there. Reflect on God’s work and call in your life, in the places of your heart, as you consider your giving to the church for 2021. The Stewardship Packet includes:
- Grace in the Wilderness, a Letter to the Congregation – A look back at the journey of these last few months and how we’re being called at this time.
- Giving & Stewardship at Westminster – A guide to giving at Westminster and discerning your response to God’s generosity and Christ’s teaching to love God and neighbor.
- 2021 Pledge Commitment Form – A form to indicate how you will commit to the mission and ministry of Westminster in 2021. Please complete this form and return it to the church by October 30; Or, submit your 2021 pledge commitment now through your myWPC account (download instructions).