This Sunday is Presbyterians Sharing Sunday and it is a Sunday set aside to remember we are part of something larger than our individual Presbyterian congregations. If you are reading this and are not a Presbyterian but a member/adherent/attender in another denomination I am sure everything will be perfectly familiar to you, if under a different name. If you are not connected to a denomination but attend an independent church or no church at all, Presbyterians Sharing is how the Presbyterian Church in Canada pools resources to maximize effectiveness.
As long time readers and/or listeners to me know, I’m not overly fond of non-liturgical Sundays and celebrations but this is fundamentally different than Father’s Day or Labour Day. Today’s Sunday helps us to remember how connected we are to a larger body both in belief, structure, and also (not to be crass) money. We support Presbyterians Sharing financially so it is a good thing to be reminded that this is more than a financial transaction but is an aspect of what it means to be in a relationship with God through Jesus empowered by the Holy Spirit. Our connection to the denomination and to other denominations allows us to do more than we could do on our own. It extends our reach beyond our own physical community to the larger human community.
My aim in the sermon was to talk about our part in the larger community, not to suggest the Presbyterians in Canada have everything figured out or are the only way to accomplish good things. Regardless of your belief structure, location, status, or anything else, you are making a difference where you are and you have opportunities to make more of a difference when you work with like-minded people.