Pastor’s Message for October

October 2nd, 2013

 

 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

We would all do well to ask ourselves this question, posed by poet Mary Oliver, as we greet each new day as a gift from God.  This past weekend we were reminded how precious and fragile our lives are following a car crash that took the lives of five young people here in Burbank. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the families and friends who were affected by this tragic loss.

God has entrusted each one of us with gifts from God’s abundance, and how we use those gifts in our “one wild and precious life” is an act of stewardship. We belong to God and all that we have belongs to God. Stewardship begins with God coming down to us in love, and continues as we share God’s love with others, not just with words but with our whole lives: “God’s work. Our hands.”

In this month of October you are invited to participate in one of several small group gatherings that will be offered here at church and in people’s homes (watch for details in the weekly e-mail updates). At these gatherings we will take time to become better acquainted with each other in this community of faith; learn more about the biblical foundations of stewardship; see and hear stories about the variety of ministries happening throughout our church; and recommit ourselves in support of our mission: “to witness the Good News of God’s love through service in our community and beyond.” At the end of the month we will join together for a celebration!

Stewardship is the way that we us all of our resources—time, talents, possessions and money—to love God and our neighbor. It’s the way we commit ourselves to live mindfully and intentionally, never taking for granted the “one wild and precious life” we’ve been given.

Pastor Gretchen Bingea