Stewardship is everything we do after we say “Yes!" to God.
During our Stewardship Minutes I have invited folk who gather for worship at Knox on Sunday mornings to consider two questions: First, what is church for you… Why is church important? And second, Why are you part of Knox… Why is Knox your church?
In the gospel we are told that Jesus asked his best buddies, “Who are people saying that I am?” And then, “Who do you say that I am?” For Jesus friends this was the the central question… always. For more than two thousand years these questions have gathered folk together, and they still do. Church, for me, is a place where I can find people who are open to talk about deep question: Who is God? Is God real? Who was Jesus? If I’m a follower of Jesus, what difference will that make in how I live my life? For me church is a community of seekers.
When I was a young mom, in my twenties, I had a year that was really hard. I was struggling and depressed. I would come to church at Knox and after the service when someone would ask, “How are you?” I would plaster a smile on my face and tell them, “I’m fine! I’m just fine!” and inside I was aching. I went to the minister and told him what I was going through and he said, “Sharon, when I ask you how you are, I want to know How You Are!” And every Sunday he asked me, and every Sunday I was honest with my answer. Home is the place where I can most truly be myself, with all my questions and doubts and joys and discoveries, where I can both give and receive love and support. Knox is truly my church home, a place where I can give and receive caring a support, openly sharing both my ‘ponderings' and any wisdom I might have.
I support Knox out of gratitude, as a follower of Jesus. Knox is my church home and family.
Sharon Copeman, celebrating Knox UC.