A Stewardship Meditation by Beverly Schellhase
Where do you get your nourishment? It is difficult to ignore the bodily nourishment that we crave daily from food. Most of us rarely skip a meal! Yet, spiritual nourishment is what God desires for each of us. He created the Sabbath, not only for rest but as a weekly occasion when we put aside our personal agendas to turn our hearts and minds to him. In return, we are fed with the lasting heavenly food of both word and sacrament that binds us both to our Lord and each other. In fact, the Letter to the Hebrews exhorts us to “consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.
Weekly worship can be viewed as one of the spiritual disciplines that marks our commitment to follow Christ. In the manner of intent, there used to be a sign before you entered the nave that said something to the effect that you were entering “holy space”. It helped prepare me to focus on worshipping God and clearing my mind of worldly distractions. Worship is a time to give God what is
pleasing to him. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.” (Colossians 3:16)
A few years ago, on a retreat, I learned a further meaning of oblation as a
disciple of Christ. This is the individual offering of our lives, labors, and selves in union with Christ for the purpose of God. “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)
Nearly a decade ago, having retired, we made the decision to return to Atlanta because we missed the richness and depth of the worship found at St. David’s. I truly sensed God’s presence in all aspects of the service, from preaching, the beauty of the liturgy, and the sacrament. Worship was what drew me to this church and, in turn, led me to other opportunities such as bible study, Spiritual Direction, a Holy Land pilgrimage, EFM, and ministries such as Choir and Eucharistic Visitor. These examples, promoting growth in discipleship, were a result of the weekly worship we experience together.
As we grow in Christ, we discover that St. David’s is rich in avenues that enable us to build a closer relationship with God and each other. Seeing one another each Sunday, sharing our joys and sorrows, sharing the peace, and our unity in Christ is what the Christian community is all about.
For now, we worship apart, but what joy and celebration when we return to worship God in our holy space at St. David’s!