Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stewardship at St. Mary's | Notes from Peter's Sermon

St. Mary's Church is guided by five core affirmations: Worship, Acceptance, Sanctuary, Caring, and Roots. These five words remind us of our baptismal covenant and help us to live with purpose and meaning as we seek to follow the will of God. In keeping with our commitment to these five principles our Church has continually developed ways to impact and bless the Provo Community.

Over the past few years, Ruth Eldredge has lead our music ministry in making St. Mary's a home for dozens of talented musicians and singers. This endeavor has brought people from many traditions together, and has helped break down barriers that have for over a century separated various Christian denominations. In worshiping together as one body, we fulfill the Lord's prayer that all Christians "may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

St. Mary's Church aims to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all who come through our doors regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, and socioeconomic status. We, as does God, accept people as they are and believe that everyone has gifts, talents, and skills to contributed to our community. We ordain women, perform marriage ceremonies for gays and lesbians, and encourage our members to be welcoming to all.

St. Mary's is home to over 18 support groups that provide a sanctuary for those living with addiction, or who are in need of love and care. Each week more than 400 people come through our doors seeking salvation from the harsh realities of the secular world. We believe that by providing a safe space to those who are marginalized by the rest of society we are living the Lord's great command to "love your neighbor as yourself."

For nearly 45 years, St. Mary's has worked with the Utah Food and Care Coalition in it's mission to feed the poor and the needy. Each month members of our congregation provide needed supplies and services to those who would otherwise go without a hot meal or a place to sleep. Our mission to provide for those in need is one of the most important things that we do, and we're very proud of our partnership with the Food and Care Coalition.

St. Mary's Church is rooted in historical Christianity. Through our liturgy we are connected with saints dating back hundreds of years and to over 80 million members around the world today. The Anglican Communion offers it's communicants a rich tradition and history that is accessible to people of all levels of spirituality, and it hopes to continue to do so for years to come. Our communion is open to anyone who is seeking to deepen their relationship with God through adoration of his Son, Jesus Christ.

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