“But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”
A truth that has been re-grafted into my heart and soul during these times is that seeking light in times of darkness is an intentional act of faith. One of the most compelling ways we have done this as a community has been through our outreach during the pandemic. With each request to aid those in our city during this time, we have exceeded our goal. Each and every time. Whether it has been resources for the San Antonio Food Bank, shoes and coats for Crockett, supporting Good Samaritan Center through the Epiphany baby shower, or sewing masks - to just name a few of our efforts, this community has shown up. I’ve always said that communities and people who are most involved in outreach discover something important. In our serving, we receive more than we give.
Frederick Buechner defines vocation as the place where “our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Our Core Vocation at St. Mark’s to Feed San Antonio with the Bread of Life points to our awareness and embodiment of that deep truth. Despite all the challenges of the past year, we have not lost sight of this, which affirms that this is a lasting and deep value we share.
A number of years ago we started, as part of our Lenten observance, to use the fifth Sunday of Lent as a Day of Prayer and Service. It has been a wonderful day when we have gathered as a community and gone out to work with our outreach partners in an intentional way as we prepare for Easter. It has had varied options for all ages and has been a wonderful embodiment of our core vocation. This year we are doing it again, in safe ways. There are options for in person service and ways to support those efforts financially if that is more comfortable for you this year.
Please take some time to look at the various options and sign up for one. When we seek the light of service we are reminded again of God’s generosity to us and the real gift we can offer in our city.
I look forward to participating and hope you will as well!
The Rev. Beth Knowlton, Rector