This Week at St. Stephen’s–January 15, 2012


This is the time of year when we take a broad view of life in our parish—both back in time and forward—as staff and church leaders prepare their Annual Reports. The writing of a report can be a bit of a chore. But the content can be a real eye-opener!

The full Annual Report will be available soon enough (January 22nd is the goal, a full two weeks prior to our Annual Meeting on February 5th). But staff and leaders are not the only ones taking stock. You, for instance, how would you describe your own experience of life at St. Stephen’s these days? Are you feeling spiritually nurtured? Are you finding opportunities for service in the community? Are you growing in your faith? Do you sense that our world—our neighbourhood, our city, our country, our overseas partners—is a better place for the work we do here?

This reflection —done both individually and together—is important. It suggests where we might place our priorities when planning the budget for the coming year. It identifies where we are strong in our program life, and where we are weak. It pushes us to ask: Are we fulfilling God’s will here? Are we hearing God’s call, and responding with our best efforts?

So what would your own Annual Report look like? What accomplishments would you celebrate? What lost opportunities would you regret? What dreams would you have for the year to come? This is after all your parish church!


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