Dear St. Luke’s family,
My first opportunity to celebrate and preach at St. Luke’s as your new priest was Trinity Sunday. It now has been a little over three months since that joyous day, but I believe the message we explored then is central to our parish: to live by faith in the Triune God is to participate in the outpouring of love of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As the testimonies of countless saints, missionaries, and evangelists throughout history show us, the Church prevails and thrives when men and women are rooted in the Gospel and allow themselves to be fully defined and transformed by it.
The theme of our stewardship season this year is “Rekindle the Gift of God.” This is a direct quote from St. Paul who, towards the end of his life, writes to Timothy, his “son in the faith.” The gift he refers to is the Holy Spirit, whom Timothy and all Christians have received. In the sacrament of Confirmation we are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and bound to God’s service. And this time of year allows us the chance to recognize, value, and revitalize this gift in our own lives.
St. Luke’s is a church with many opportunities to foster and strengthen a relationship with our Lord. Through our Sunday Eucharist, formation series, missions, and the variety of ministries which we lead and support, we are all invited to experience and share the goodness, truth, and beauty of Almighty God. This is why we view stewardship not only as a monetary contribution, but rather, as that all-encompassing directing of our hearts towards Him.
Our parish was built and continues to be built on your generous and sacrificial giving, and I hope that you will prayerfully consider offering a pledge this year. I am confident that together we can meet the many needs of our church, especially as we move into a new chapter. With God’s help, our Parish Hall will be completed within the next few months and our music ministry continues to grow. Also, we are excited by the prospect of calling a Parish Life Coordinator to support us in building programs for parishioners of all ages. Any increase in your gift, however small, can help make this happen.
During the next few weeks, I invite you to pray for St. Luke’s, for a renewed sense of faith and devotion in each and everyone of us, so that we can more deeply live out our calling as Christ’s witnesses. Thank you so much for everything that you have done and continue to do to serve God and our brothers and sisters in our church family and beyond, and for all the exciting things which you make possible through your gifts.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. J. Ignacio Gama, Priest-in-Charge