STEP UP! STEP UP!
Hello St. Mark's Community and Friends!
Anyone who has ever had birds as pets has probably used this command thousands of times. Sometimes it sounds like a request, sometimes it is a fervent plea -- please step up!!! Occasionally the bird listens and moves from point "A" to point "B".
We are heading into a complicated year for the church. Our costs are way up, as are yours. Many folks are overwhelmed and exhausted. We are hearing about another hard winter with flu and COVID and who knows what else.
We are heading into the season of "Peace on Earth", but the bombs continue to fall and people continue to spew venom at every opportunity.
So church, STEP UP! Do your best to increase your support of your church id you can. Give, serve, volunteer, pray....
Step up. Share your faith with those who are struggling. Offer a hand of hope to the needy.
Step up. If it is medically appropriate for you, get your flu shot and your COVID boosters. If you don't feel well, stay home. I have heard the story many times that someone who thought their allergies were bad was actually COVID positive. We are a community strong and safe when we make wise decisions.
Finallt, step up and make "Peace on Earth" mean more than a greeting card slogan. Vote, moderate your social media consumption and your news intake, and as much as it depends on you, be at peace with everyone. DO NOT repay evil with evil (Romans 12).
Our communities need us to be strong. We are a source of hope for a weeping and weary world.