Dear St. Mark’s Family,
In his instructions to his disciples, Matthew remembers Jesus saying, “The greatest among you shall be your servant.” The word “minister” originates from the Latin word “minus”. In our various ministries of the Gospel of Jesus we consciously decrease our importance in order to increase the significance of the other.
We are called through our baptisms to offer our lives to the betterment of each other and the stranger, with the qualities of the Good Samaritan being our highest virtue. The Samaritan had no obligation to serve the injured Jewish man. Yet, he did. Likewise, as followers of Jesus we serve each other — not out of obligation — but out of love.
Stewardship of service has been at the heart of our congregation for many generations. each year we strengthen our mission to serve each other, our community and our charity partners. I have been amazed by the remarkable things St. Mark’s has done during my ten years here. The next ten years will be even more remarkable as we build on the financial health of our congregation and expand our service to the world.
Your support of this mission is important. I am grateful to serve in a congregation that lives the Gospel in word and deed.
The Rev. Patrick J. Miller, Rector