Just recently we have experienced cooler weather, particularly, in our mornings and evenings. The first color in the leaves tells us that fall is here and cooler weather is here to stay. We know that the changing season brings the last days of our Stewardship Campaign and brings us closer to the time of Thanksgiving.
This year’s Stewardship theme is taken from a now familiar phrase that is stated and said around St. Philip, “The Best is yet to Come!” From the beginning of my service at St. Philip, this has been a signature phrase used throughout my tenure. A fellow, dear parishioner gave this statement to me on my first day at St. Philip and it has stuck ever since as a proclamation of promise and hope to this parish.
The Contemporary phrase is a summary of the ancient promises made by God and found in Holy Scripture. “The Best is yet to Come” represents a set of promises made by God for His people who love and serve Him. Two of those supporting scriptures that support this statement of promise can be found in two of my favorite childhood memorization scriptures. The first scripture is found in Romans 8:28: “All things work together for good to them that love God.” Wow, what a promise of assurance! No matter where we find ourselves in life, in the ups and downs or even in being stuck, God is planning for us something better—the best! When we are down and out God has something better for us that will be for our best. When we are stuck or lost in life, God is planning for something better so that we can be at our best. When we feel that we are at the top of our game, God is planning for us even something better beyond our own understanding of what is our best. God promises that wherever we are—His best for us is yet to come!
The second scripture that reminds us of God’s promise in the statement, “The Best is yet to Come” is found in Luke 6:38: “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.” Another Wow! What a promise of abundance! If we are faithful in our giving, God will be planning for us to receive an over-abundance of blessings and what is best for us. We are not talking about a half of a cup here. God is telling us that he will give to us a full measure—a full cup running over! For those who give, God is calculating how he is going to put into our lap an abundance of blessings—the best!
In the concluding days of our Stewardship Campaign, I pray that each of us will carefully consider God’s promise to us: that for those who love and serve God through faithful giving, there will be an abundance of blessings bestowed upon us that will be better than we can hope for or imagine—God’s best!
I pray that when we approach the Feast of Thanksgiving at the end of this month, that we will enter that celebration feasting on gratitude that comes from our abundant, over-flowing “Horn of Plenty” that is the result of God’s promises from our own giving. Let us step boldly to accept God’s promises through our loving, serving, and giving. Through our love and faithfulness may we as individuals and as a parish wait in hope and joyful anticipation that—“The best is yet to come."
Fr. Terry +
December 12, 2013
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist,Organ & Choir
worshiping with Rite I liturgy throughout the season of advent.
Children's Nursery provided for
We are located at 9380 Davies Plantation Road, just north of the Stonebridge Golf Course and I-40.