Loving our Neighbor
March 25, 2020 Responding to the Covid-19 Crisis: The staff is in communication with local agencies that provide a needed safety net during these times of greater need, including our local food pantry at Saint Vincent de Paul Community Assistance Center, 68 Hours of Hunger Exeter and Cross Roads House in Portsmouth. Currently, the greatest need is direct financial assistance.
You can donate directly to these organizations, or through Christ Church by mailing a check to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund or making a credit card donation online from our website and selecting the Rector’s Discretionary Fund option when inputting credit card information. All donations made through the church will be credited to your end-of-year giving statement that many households use for tax filing purposes to record charitable giving.
Here are the links to organizations that we work with:
Why we serve: Jesus said he came not to be served but to serve. And the experience of many Christians is that we feel unusually whole, complete and fulfilled in life, when we are serving and caring for others. It is times like these when we feel especially joyful and at peace. We might say that it is at times like these that we feel most united to Christ.
One of the greatest mysteries and most joyful experiences of the Christian life is the sense of “encounter” we have when we give ourselves in service to others. Jesus spoke about this mystery in a well-known parable from the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. He said, in effect, that when we care for people in need, we are caring for Jesus himself. In other words, we encounter the Holy in serving and caring for one another, and Christians have often insisted that the experience of God is most poignant, most tangible, and most complete in our care and love for each other.
Many of us sense that this is why Jesus linked love of God and love of neighbor in his summary of the Law. And it is not hard to understand that when we are out of sorts with each other, we are in a sense out of sorts with God. “If you are bringing your gift to the altar,” Jesus said, “and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First, be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” And the First Letter of John says it bluntly. “He who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (4:20b)
Are you interested in becoming more involved at Christ Church and in its ministries?
Please contact Sally Farrell at email@example.com to learn more about any of the opportunities.