Happy Feast of Pentecost! I love a good cookout. Thank you to Suzanne Lees for coordinating this event, to all those who brought side dishes, and to Meg and Todd Delevan for grilling!
Today, we are celebrating our wonderful Sunday School. I am so grateful to every one of our Sunday School teachers. They are a dedicated and loving bunch of people, and the care and time they spend with our children is an incredible gift to the parish – one that will reap benefits in our children’s lives that we cannot even predict or fully understand. In 1 Corinthians 3, St. Paul is talking about the role different teachers and preachers have in the spiritual growth of the church in Corinth. He uses the familiar agricultural metaphor of planting and watering to talk about the role he played in the growth of the church in Corinth in conjunction with the role that another person, Apollos, had played. He writes: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.” None of us can predict the impact that our time and talent will have on future generations. All we can do is the work that God lays before us: to love and nurture those God has given into our care, and then trust that it is God who will bring about growth.
Thank you especially to Jamie Grant and Joe Zorc who have been co-coordinators of the Sunday School this year. This year, long time Sunday School teacher Peter Patton was elected to the Vestry, and he has taken over the role of Vestry liaison for the Sunday School; a big thanks to him as well.