“So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God.
- Haggai 1:14
Dear Stewards of God’s House:
The Prophet Haggai preached after the remnant of the people of Israel and Judah returned to their homeland. For seventy years, the survivors of King Nebuchadnezzar’s wars had lived as captives in Babylon, their homeland in ruins and destroyed. Now, finally freed, they return home and begin to rebuild. Families return to their ancestral lands and begin to work on rebuilding their lives. They went about taking care of business, building markets and selling goods, tilling lands and finding a new way of life. But there was a problem, while they looked towards their own well-being, they had forgotten the House of God. They had forgotten that God was to be the center of their lives and had not considered the temple that laid in ruins.
God came to them and by his Spirit, drew them back to remember the importance of their faith, their heart, and their home. The Spirit moved the people, inspiring them to be stewards of God’s house. They all came together; working together in faith and devotion to make sure the Temple in Jerusalem is rebuilt so that worship of God can take place for many years to come.
I pray that this same Spirit comes upon all of St. Mark and that together we may rise up and meet the challenges before us. We have been given a great gift as one church family. But over the years, as we have been concentrating on our lives, our homes, our health, our relationships, our businesses, the beauty of the house of God at St. Mark has been aging. As stewards of this great gift, we are called on to answer the Spirit and rebuild this house so it can be a place of worship and ministry for years to come.
This new roof proposal that goes before the congregation for a vote on December 6, 2020. The task that is before us will take a lot of sacrificial giving in addition to our regular giving to meet the goal to fix the leaks and damage already down to our building of worship. By God’s blessings, generations before had entrusted us with this great gift, and now it is our turn to be good stewards of this worship home of God. May you consider your devotion, your faith, your commitment this fall and consider helping us rise up together and meet our goal.
In the Peace and Grace of God,