My favorite North Church stories are every member’s "origin story". An origin story, for those of you who are not steeped in superhero media lore, explains how the hero received superpowers or a super-villain decided on dedicated themselves to misanthropy. Even those members who were born into North Church make a conscious decision to stay with the congregation or to join the many church boards and committees.
However, as someone who found North Church on a spiritual journey I was actively trying to avoid at the time, I relate to the stories of people who have found in the community here a safe place to grow into kinder, more generous and more compassionate people who seek to bring the kingdom of God to the world. It gives me comfort to know that I am not alone in my struggles and that I can share the burdens and joys with a loving community.
Over the last few weeks, we have heard a series of talks from members of the Stewardship Committee on the theme this fall "Finding Your Place at North Church". It is a reminder that just as a spider bite gave Peter Parker superpowers, being a Christian who worships with a community gives us all the superpowers of love, grace, and mercy. These often improve not only the lives of those with whom we interact, but also our own hearts.
In these stories, we see that we reap tenfold what we sow in terms of time and talents to this church. Thank you, Stewardship Committee, for giving us a chance to ponder what being in this community means as we prepare our pledge for the coming year.