“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

 

 

Beloved,

 

You know, faith is a funny thing.  This year’s theme encourages our faith by saying, “All things are possible for those who believe in Christ.”  Yet, faith is very personal and usually differs from person to person.  Take St. Peter, he was bold in his faith but wavered when he was called out, denying that he knew Jesus.  The father who brought his epileptic son to Jesus in desperation asked Jesus “if” He could help him. Jesus replied to the father’s lack of faith, “…all things are possible to him who believes.” I love the father’s response as it is one of the most honest expressions of faith.  He replied to Jesus saying: “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

 

When we believe, stewardship follows. Stewardship is faith in action; action motivated by humble gratitude to God for His blessings in our life, regardless of what challenges test our faith.

 

This past year, we have seen change and growth in our youth & adult ministries thus taking our ministries to the next level.  We have seriously looked into our hearts, recognized many epidemics threatening our families and community and have begun to address them in an ongoing manner; (e.g. Opioid/Addiction Awareness & Education).  We will continue to address other social epidemics with the same care and concern in the coming year, providing resources to our faithful young and old, allowing us to remain grounded in our faith as we nurture our families.

 

On Sunday, December 9th, we heard an inspirational talk by Stephanie Carroll sharing how she is inspired by her faith as she offers her Stewardship through the good works of For Those In Need.  Stephanie is one of the many leaders in our community whose leadership reflects our Lord’s command to go into the world and share the love of Jesus Christ through our faith and our works.

 

Our ministries, beloved, will continue to grow as we listen to St Paul encouraging us when he says we are to give, “as God has prospered you” (I Cor. 16:2). He teaches us clearly, “He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."

 

Thank you for placing your faith in our Lord as I remain in gratitude for your dedication to St. Luke and your participation in Christ’s work of salvation.

 

In His Service,

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