“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” –Charles Spurgeon

Dear Friends in Christ,

Blessings and greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is truly a beautiful time of year, and I hope that you have taken some time to enjoy the change in season.  The fall sometimes feels counterintuitive; a time when the world around us has just been transformed into beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red.  And yet those colors — as beautiful as they are — are the shades of dying.  Another season of the year is drawing to a close.  Another chapter in the memory book of life is concluding.

What we are about here at St. Mark’s is actually just the opposite.  We are about living, specifically, about living eternally.  That’s why we do what we do.  Through the proclamation of the good news of the Gospel, this ministry offers eternal life to a dying world.  We offer the water of grace to thirsty souls as God brings forgiveness, cleansing, peace and new perspectives upon life.

Notice the process: We offer . . . God brings.  We are God’s messengers of hope to those who are what the Apostle Paul calls “aliens” and “strangers.”  Through this ministry, we are fulfilling our role as ambassadors of the King of Kings in proclaiming the Gospel message.  And God — who really needs no help from anyone — allows us to have this privilege and makes us part of the process of bringing eternal life to needy people through faith in Jesus Christ.

During this time of changing seasons, when the world around us is expiring, I encourage you to have that conversation with God about how you will support our St Mark’s ministries that point toward eternal life; how might you give to God’s work in this world with your time, your spiritual gifts of worship and ministry, as well as your financial resources.  Please ask God what you should do in response to this opportunity, and then respond as you are able and willing in your life.

Thank you for being part of this fellowship and for your past faithfulness in worship, ministry, and stewardship.  

Godspeed be with you in your discernment, and your response, to God’s calling in your life.

Blessings,

Alston Johnson

Dean, St. Mark’s

Shreveport