Scroll Stories: Will Jones
Scroll Story: Sunday, November 13
My name is Will Jones, and my wife (as of last Saturday night!) Nancy McAllister and I are excited to sign the scroll because it is such an extraordinary blessing to be a part of a vibrant church like The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
This church is different. One can feel the energy of this growing, generous, multi-generational, and grateful congregation. Being a part of Good Shepherd is fun!
As we have watched the construction proceed, we have all noted and imagined the ways in which this new, expanded facility will be used. We look forward to the setting of the cornerstone on November 20 as a milestone to mark the next phase of realizing the potential of this community.
Last Sunday’s guiding scriptures were The Beatitudes and the Golden Rule. What better way to actually incorporate those truths into our lives than to make a meaningful pledge in this stewardship season. Let’s share the excitement and love in this church family with each other and with our neighbors, nearby and far away.
Though I had not always been so good about turning in my Pledge Card, I have changed that in recent years. God has been really good to me in unexpected ways, so I thought that I should step it up a little as an expression of thanks. One of the biggest surprises to a slow learner like me has been the joy that I have unexpectedly gotten from playing a more active role in church. For your benefit, I hope that you are a quicker learner than I was!
Nancy and I hope you will choose to make your 2017 pledge and Sign the Scroll, too!
We will seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as God loves us.
Feed My Lambs, John 21:15-19
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’