On September 8th, we welcomed two new members of North Church in worship. In the midst of our exploration of new options for our structure and governance, and as we seek to be faithful to God’s calling in the 21st century, I was struck anew by the pledge the congregation makes to each new member:
We, the members of this church , welcome you with joy into our communion and fellowship. We renew our covenant of faith and loyal service. We pledge to you our prayers, our help and our comradeship in Christ, so that together, we may all increase in the knowledge and love of God. May God grant us that, as we love and are loved, and as we serve and are served, we may grow in discipleship and glorify God in faithful lives.
I can think of no more important affirmation and encouragement as we begin our annual Stewardship program. The ministry and life of North Church depends on the contributions of its members and friends: money, to be sure, but also the gifts of faith and hope and love that we share in so many ways with the world through the work and worship of this congregation. As you review the many opportunities in this newsletter, I hope you’ll choose to participate and support this church as we continue to grow in faith and ministry, worshiping God and serving humanity.