Growth through Sharing 1

This is the first in a series of four reflections by parishioner Martha Brittell on stewardship.

October 18th, 2015

Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20)

Many of us dream and work to stake a claim on a piece of land and a home for our family.  It gives us shelter, security, and a sense of our place in the world.  Our church building provides us with a a second home.  We care for it, tending the gardens, painting the walls, polishing the floors.  We do this gladly as a family. Like our homes it helps us frame our lives.  We find solace in the sanctuary as we hear familiar prayers and texts, and share the Eucharist.  Our building gives us a space to be a family and helps us welcome new families.

Blessedly, our beautiful church building and grounds not only serve our needs but serve the needs our community.  We are able to share God’s Love through sharing our space. Between Sundays we and our community family are busy preparing Thanksgiving baskets, wrapping Christmas presents, quilting baby blankets, knitting scarves, and meeting fellow support group members.  We have space for children learning about God’s Love, for our youth group planning their mission goals, and for an array talented chefs and bakers cooking delicious food.  Just as we join together at God’s Table for strength and renewal in order to do our real work,  groups gather at CTK to share their strengths – all possible through the Grace of God and a little space from us.