And the question then becomes “Now what?” I’ve gotten a few suggestions from some folks—Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, the complete works of Dickens (emphatically: no), the great works of modern science fiction—and I eventually have to decide what the next project will be, and if there is one. I mean, it was Shakespeare, for Pete’s sake!
I bring this up not to brag, necessarily, but because I can’t help but see the parallels as the 2010 Capital Campaign wraps up and we launch the 2013 follow-up. Because of consistent and intentional giving, this church has undergone major physical renovations and sought to continue its solid commitment to inclusivity, justice and diversity. Because of consistent and intentional giving, this congregation has not yet said “It is finished,” towards its mission in this world and the Reign to come. Because of consistent and intentional giving, we have taken steps to eliminate our debt, strengthen our community, and become as radically hospitable as we know we can be. And so we continue this in 2013 with “Claiming God’s Call.” We’re not done yet—and I want to thank all of you who are already considering your pledges for this upcoming campaign.
We’re going to keep looking at Leviticus and the Year of the Lord’s Favor this Sunday. We’ll also be hearing a parable that might be a little familiar. I hope to see you then.
Shalom y’all, Arthur