A 1,500 year tradition of the Benedictine monastic order is Ora et Labor (Worship and Work.) It can be a challenge in parish life to achieve this balance and I was heartened by two examples of this balance at St. Margaret’s this past week.
First, our annual yard sale was on Saturday. Several parishioners participated and the proceeds brought in over $1,100 that will be donated to the Soup Kitchen.
Second, St. Margaret’s has held Evening Prayer every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. for the past decade, mostly led by Ray and Patricia Estabrook. This past Tuesday, seven of us gathered in the sanctuary for Evening Prayer, followed by the Ministration at the Time of Death for someone who was approaching the end of life.
St. Margaret’s does well to remember this balance of worship and work. Thank you for your faithful examples.
We have some additional needs. Please contact the office if you have the following skills, education, or desire to serve:
* Assisting with the Celebration of New Ministry next Sunday
* Buildings and grounds
* Pastoral care
* Eucharistic Visitation (requires Safe Church training on the diocesan website; speak to Tom or Christopher for details)
* Proofreading the bulletin on Thursday
* Occasional office support and data entry
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-7