“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Ma hew 28:19) Authored by Gus Vouchilas, Stewardship Chair, 2017
Christ is Risen! In the Book of Saint Ma hew, we hear of the events that took place after Christ’s glorious resurrection. As Christ instructed, His disciples met Him in Galilee where He directed them to “go and make disciples of all nations” and to teach them to observe all things He had commanded. He reminded them that He would be with them (and all of us) even unto the end of the world. The image of Jesus, at that very moment is powerful; it serves as a reminder that we are expected to walk with Him as disciples, doing what He taught us and what He expects of us. In truth, God is counting on us to carry forth His will for all of mankind, and to share His Word with everyone we come into contact with.
If we are to continue to share the Word of Christ and to do as He commanded, we must understand that there are times when we must sacrifice worldly things in our lives in order to seek to fulfill God’s expectations of us. The Book of Saint Luke reminds us that in the words of Jesus, “a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15), and that, rather, we are to seek “the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Luke 12:31).
Isn’t it, then, more important for us to consider how we might build our place in Heaven rather than to worry about our possessions in this life? Ought not we take heed of Christ’s words that “It is more blessed to give than to receive?” (The Acts 20:35).
Friends, as we struggle with sacrificing for God, and with sacrificing for our church, we can become inclined to lose sight of the most important thing in life which is to serve God. As Orthodox Christians, we are called to serve everywhere we are needed by freely giving our time, our talents, and our financial support. Our new Cathedral is a gift from God and it is not to be taken lightly. It is God’s house. The Bible reminds us:
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3).
It is our calling to fill our church with love, with passion, recognizing Christ’s suffering on the Cross, with passion, understanding that Christ died for each of us, and with OUR GIFTS to Him in return for all the gifts He has given to us as noted below:
“John answered, ‘A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.’ (John 3:27)
Your financial support for the Annunciation is crucial to the Body of Christ in the church. God has given us another opportunity to build, to grow, to be, and to glorify Him by spreading the word of salvation through Him. God is counting on us. Please support your Cathedral through financial stewardship. With God, all things are possible.