For what are you grateful?
SUNDAY, OCT. 3 AT 11AM
This Sunday, we look forward to celebrating the kickoff of our Grateful Together, Giving Together, Growing Together Stewardship Season at Christ Church Cathedral. Please plan to join us for worship at either 8 a.m. in English or for our combined bilingual liturgy at 11 a.m. (Weather permitting, we will be on the lawn with delicious tamales afterwards. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket! If there is inclement weather, we will be in the Cathedral with tamales to-go after worship.)
For many churches, stewardship is just a cover word for “the annual pledge drive.” But here at Christ Church Cathedral, thanks to the generosity of several faithful and generous members who came before us, we have the unique opportunity to broaden our understanding of what stewardship is, grounding our own practices of generosity in gratitude for God’s many gifts and blessings. In her book Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, author and sociologist Diana Butler-Bass writes: “Gratitude is the emotional response to the surprise of our very existence, to sensing that inner light and realizing the astonishing sacred, social, and scientific events that brought each one of us into being. We cry out like the psalmist, ‘I am fearfully and wonderfully made!’ (Psalm 139:14).” What happens when stewardship isn’t simply about a pledge drive, but rather, is more about our response to all of God’s amazing gifts and creation?
So, to begin our season of stewardship, I’ll ask you: For what are you grateful in your life? For what are you grateful in the life of Christ Church Cathedral? For fun: what color do you associate with your gratitude? We hope you will wear that color on Sunday and share why you’re grateful with a fellow parishioner as we enjoy time together. See you Sunday at 8 or 11!
—The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min.