Thank you – two small words that express a great deal of gratitude. Gratitude for what each of you does for the people in and around All Saints. Inside or outside of these walls, your arms are always open. It does not go unnoticed.
All Saints lives as Colossians 3:23-24 reads: “Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.”
The people of All Saints live out their faith for the good of those around them. It’s not a show or a performance. Just as Matthew 6:1-4 states, “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
A synonym for alms is philanthropy. Merriam Webster’s first definition of the word is: goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially : active effort to promote human welfare. Do you see yourself in that definition? Maybe, maybe not. But know that what you do in and around this place is God’s work. Thank you.