“It Is In Giving That We Receive”

The connection between giving and receiving was perhaps best summed up by St. Francis in a line from what is probably his most famous prayer:

“For it is in giving that we receive.”

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” The Letter of James 2:14-17

Our own patron St. Paul wrote to his Corinthian congregation about giving,

Each of you must give as you have made up your own mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

There is the practical aspect to the spirituality of giving. Your pledge and whatever financial support you decide to give to St. Paul’s helps us to make sure we are able to fund our ministries and obligations that nurture the health and vitality of the work we do for God’s sake. Our faith and joy are centered in a variety of vibrant worship services, strong and generous outreach into our community and our world, devoted care of the sick, disabled and grieving, and faith formation for all ages.

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