Our focus this year will be exploring what it means to encounter God the Giver. Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his book, In God’s Hands says, “This is a God who intervenes on our behalf, not because we deserve it, but because God’s love is freely given. It is grace. It is not earned; it cannot be earned. It does not need to be earned.”
Each week we will be featuring a testimony from one of our Stewards (shown below) and ask you to please submit your own testimony (with a picture) to Virginia in the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org – Feel free to also visit our Stewardship page and complete a pledge card if you have not yet done so.
“We enjoy the strong community, engaging worship services, and beautiful choral music found at Saint Paul’s. They have made us feel very welcome as the parish has so much to offer everyone. The buildings and grounds are historically significant, beautifully kept and highly cherished. Contributing to Saint Paul’s provides not only for the present needs but also helps preserve the ministry and parish for generations to come.” ~ Jeff and Helen Lew
Frank Griswold, the 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will speak of Saint Francis and peace. The prayer attributed to Francis begins, “Lord, make us instruments of your peace.” October 4 is the day on which the church commemorates Saint Francis. Before beginning his ministry as presiding bishop, Bishop Griswold asked, “What did the crucifix say to Francis?” Christ had said, “Francesco, va ripara la mia chiesa – Francis, go rebuild my Church.” The Bishop’s talk will come just a week after the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. Be sure to be with us!