Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Feast of St. John the Baptist
The all too timid sun was out this past weekend as we officially made it to summer. I took advantage and sat in the warmth of our backyard enjoying a good book and some iced tea with lemonade, a great way to begin this season of relative relaxation. I hope there are more opportunities to do the same.
Summer is vacation season for most – time to take a break from our usual routine. Vacation in our culture is ultimately rooted in the Christian discipline of Sabbath; it is the disengaging that encourages better engagement upon return. We are thankful for the rest that rejuvenates us and equips us to better serve our Lord.
There are, however, two things from which I would exhort you not to take a vacation. The first is worshipping together. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us of this when he says, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.” (Hebrews 10:25) Typically church attendance drops in the summer because we are “on vacation” or “taking a break from church,” both phrases I have recently heard. I would remind you that even in New England there are very few places with nowhere to meet with fellow Christians. They may not be Anglican, but they are there. St. Paul, wherever he traveled, went on the Sabbath to where the faithful met. We would do well to follow his example.
The second is tithing to your local congregation. While I may be away, my local church still has to function and keep its financial responsibilities, which sadly take no vacation. The practice of tithing is not about giving when we happen to be there, but about “giving as we have decided in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 9:7), and executing what we have decided. Lord, let us not be only hearers but also doers of the Word.
May the Lord richly bless you with the gifts of this summer, that in all things you may be overflowing with thankfulness.
Grace and peace to you,
Canon Alex Cameron
Church Planting and Leadership Development