Posted on in Celebrating our Ministries by The Rev. David Marshall
This Sunday we will commission our Sunday School teachers, and then they will lead their charges downstairs for their first lesson of the year. We have six children registered in our Sunday School and six youth in our Youth Group, and we have every reason to expect those numbers to grow this year. Deacon Richard’s class for adults, which meets in the Narthex at 9:00AM each Sunday, has grown from a few people to almost filling the couches. Our Wednesday Bible study had to move this week because we were too big for the space.
A hunger to learn and grow spiritually is a true sign of God’s grace working through St. Dunstan’s Church. As we give thanks to God for our own gifts and blessings, we find ourselves moved to pass those gifts and blessings on to others. As we have moved out into our neighborhood, seeking the needs of those around us and asking, “What are the struggles here?” and “How can we help?” we have found a new vitality in our congregation. In the secular world we might call this paying it forward. The reason it works to “pay it forward” is that by giving to others we are blessed and by loving others we grow in love. The more we experience these blessings and this love, the more we want them. That inspires us to learn more about God and about faith and about how we live as followers of Jesus.
Yours in Christ,