Shepherd Story: Connection to Our Actions
CONNECTION TO OUR ACTIONS
I often wonder how to speak authentically about the depth and power of my faith and my connection to God. As a lifelong Episcopalian, evangelism makes me anxious. Spreading the good news of Jesus Christ is something that is much easier for me to share through actions and deeds, rather than words. When stewardship or money is added to the conversation, it makes me all the more uncomfortable. Thankfully, the Gospel of John reminds me “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (1) With these words in mind I am inspired to seek new ways to love and serve others in the name of Christ and I am thankful that there are opportunities to do that with my Good Shepherd family.
Serving in a lay leadership role has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the pastoral, liturgical, logistical, spiritual, and administrative aspects of our parish. While I have always known and loved the powerful sermons and strong community on Sunday mornings, I now have a deeper love and respect for the care and time that each member of our clergy and staff puts into every aspect of our parish life. One of the greatest gifts of the last few years has been deepening my connections with the people of Good Shepherd through vestry and committee work, EYC, Stop Hunger Now (now called “Rise Against Hunger”), Sunday morning formation, July 4th fireworks on The Hill, and mission trips.
Phil and I have chosen to further deepen our connection to Good Shepherd by increasing our financial commitment. We believe in our parish, its institutions, members, programs and goals, and especially our outreach and continued service to those in need. We want to support all facets of Good Shepherd, especially outreach efforts helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey, launching the Hillside Early Childhood Center, and extending pastoral care to the sick and the grieving in some of deep and meaningful ways. This is one small way we can demonstrate our love for one another within Good Shepherd and beyond our two campuses. We hope you, too, will support the continued and expanding work of Good Shepherd by making a pledge or increasing your commitment for 2018.
 John 13:34-35