Father David says — The Holy Currencies approach to stewardship is exciting! It views the wholeness of what it means to be a faithful steward, to care for all that God has gifted to us in our lives. The Holy Currencies approach views stewardship as a year-round learning experience instead of limiting stewardship discussions to a couple of months in the fall.
Please join us in-person at church for a one-day retreat where all six currencies will be explained and a small group exercise will be offered. Contact Fr. David if you plan on attending. Please bring a bag lunch.
Holy Currencies Retreat
Saturday, October 23, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
I am looking forward to this fun and engaging way of looking at our life together through the lens of Time and Place, Wellness, Relationships, Gracious Leadership, Truth Telling and Money.
In my sermon last week, I introduced the stewardship theme and practice for this year: Cycle of Blessings / Holy Currencies. This is not a new idea at SsAM as a small group was introduced to Holy Currencies in the fall of 2015. The stewardship team enthusiastically endorsed returning to the Holy Currencies this year. It is my intent for the next few weeks to reflect upon one of the currencies each week in my weekly E Blast reflection.
I realize for some this approach may seem like a gimmick to get people to give and, while I understand their critique, I wish to offer an alternative view.
I am more and more convinced that we as followers of Jesus must find time in our busy and often distracted lives to touch the divine energy that lives in each one of us. Call it the Holy Spirit if you will. Often, at the end of the day, we have little time to reflect on how God touched us that day. Often, we are so tired, we have little enthusiasm to see where during the day God has connected with us. Often, we are so busy, we fail to see God at work in the most ordinary of tasks.
I believe that these blessings or currencies invite us to go deeper, to touch that place in each one of us that yearns for connection with God. These blessings do not work alone but together they can open us to see the many ways that God has blessed us with so much and invites us to respond with our lives.
This is why I am excited to once again offer the Holy Currencies to the parish and I hope you will prayerfully consider attending the one-day Holy Currencies Retreat on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 9am to 3pm.
Fr. David+, OA