Posted on: August 29, 2017
Our hearts and minds have been with the people and relief-workers in Houston, Texas and along the Gulf Coast this week, where Hurricane Harvey has devastated homes and flooded cities. Like all of you, we have felt the urge to make a tangible and visible expression of support and solidarity with those who are in harms way, and whose lives and homes will take a long time (and many resources) to put back together. Indeed, our Christian faith compels us to respond with love and generosity in the face of tragedy and loss. We hear the words of Jesus in Matthew 25, “I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear.”
At Saint John’s we have set up the “Mustard Seed” offering as a way to give above and beyond our usual Faith-in-Action programs. Sometimes this means an extra gift to partners in the neighborhood, and sometimes, when tragedy strikes, it means raising funds to support the relief effort. This Sunday, September 3, in response to Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it has wrought, we will be taking up a Mustard Seed offering to give to the relief efforts underway through Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). ERD is on the ground providing very real and tangible aid to the hurricane’s victims. We have a long relationship of partnering with ERD and are confident that we can trust our donations will be put to full use in the long and difficult work of bringing relief after the storm. Sunday you can put cash or check in the Mustard Seed envelopes (with “ERD” or “Hurricane Harvey” in the memo) and we will ensure that our offering gets to Episcopal Relief and Development. You can also make a donation at any time at http://www.episcopalrelief.org
I hope you will join me in praying for the victims of hurricane and the resulting floods.