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Rector's Reflection for October 6, 2012

posted Dec 22, 2012, 9:10 AM by Terry Brady   [ updated Dec 22, 2012, 9:10 AM by Parish Administrator ]
Consecrate: (verb) to dedicate or set aside as holy (offered to God).


The signs say "It's coming: October 14th"and the invitations have gone out. For the past two Sundays, at the announcement time, we have heard funny, eloquent, and poignant reflections about what giving and stewardship mean in life and faith practice. It is all about

Consecration Sunday.  


For myself, I am a word person. I focus on words and how language conveys meaning. I am particularly fond of "church words," that is, those words we use mostly in the context of church or faith-talk. I even like comparing languages. For example, in our baptismal covenant, we are asked in English: Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior? In Spanish, the question is: Te entregas a Jesucristo y le aceptas como tu Salvador? (Do you hand yourself over to Jesus Christ...?).
It is a small difference, and yet a powerful one. 


As I consider Consecration Sunday, the word "consecrate" is particularly meaningful to me. At baptism, each of us is called to consecrate ourselves as offerings to God, to "give our lives over" as gifts to the Creator who gave them in the first place. If you're like me, your daily faith life is more about "working God in" than giving yourself over. It is far easier to focus on "how little I have and how much I have to do" than it is to recognize "how much I have and how little I've actually done to deserve it." Yet in all of this, when I have taken the time to maintain a disciplined life of prayer and worship, offering my whole self to God seems easier (day by day, minute by minute, hour by hour).


In the book Naked Spirituality, Brian McLaren gives seven of his personal practices for rendering himself a living sacrifice:


1. Give God the first greeting every morning.
2. Give God the first thanks at every meal.
3. Give God the first response to every pleasure.
4. Give God the first consideration in your weekly schedule.
5. Make God the first supervisor or customer for all work.
6. Give God the first part of every paycheck (that is, make giving an act of worship).
7. Give God the joy of your creativity.


The God I know doesn't need my cash. The God I know wants my giving to be a reflection of my walk with Christ. My generosity (in giving of my time, talent, and treasure to the things that my faith declares important) is an indication of my spiritual health. The more I can consecrate my life as a living, sacrificial gift, the more joyous giving becomes.

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