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FROM THE RECTOR

Jesus said, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  And when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”   Matthew 6:1-6

As you have no doubt noticed, we have been stripping out the carpet and refinishing the floors in the Sanctuary.  This has been a huge process and many people have put a great amount of work into it, and some have put a phenomenal amount of work in. Thank you to all who have given and sacrificed to make this possible.


In our process of removing any unnecessary items to prepare for refinishing some of the crew pulled off the step to the choir area, they found under one of the boards an inscription with a name and a date.  It said, “Baldwin May 17, 1894.”  Now, we are in the process of being historical sleuths and figuring out who this person is, what is their story and why is their name on the board.  I think that the thing that most interests me about this board, is that this person thought to put their name and the date on the bottom of a board in the church, in a place that no one would ever see unless they took apart the step.  This got me thinking about all the people who have placed their names, invisibly, on this church.  We had stepped on Baldwin’s step every Sunday for over a hundred years and never knew their name was there.  In the same way, over the last 162 years, thousands of people have given their lives, their income, time, talent, sweat, prayer, and service to this church and community.  They have laid these gifts before the altar and yet so many of them are unknown to us.  Every once in a while there is a plaque or memorial to a person, but for so many, their sacrifice, like the name under that step, go unnoticed or unremembered.

 
I find that terrifically thrilling.  The idea of laboring in obscurity is a tremendously heroic and noble enterprise, but the reality is that there is also a sad element to this.  So many Christians have labored to bless this church and community in the last century-and- a-half and yet are not recognized and remembered.  Thanks be to God there is someone who does know and who does remember, someone who, when no one else remembers, will always know what was done in His name.  Our passage from Matthew tells us that God the Father sees and knows, and it is for Him that we serve.  
In Christ

In Christ,
 

~Seth~
 

 

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