Church Loan 
Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 11:29 AM - Extra Christy
We paid off our church mortgage! A generous bequest by Ruth Foraker allowed us to pay off the remaining amount we owed. Our treasurer told us we will get an offical notice soon.

Yet I believe even then, the church is not ours. Some disagree with me; among them at least one Ohio judge, many congregationalists, even some Presbyterians. Who does it belong to? The easy answer is God, after all, all churches belong to God. An historic answer is found in our church consitituion that all property is held in trust for the denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA).

This Sunday we are celebrating "All Saints Sunday" where we remember those that have gone before us and now after death are in the church triumphant. Some of them were the ones who built the church building during the depression, others mortaged their own homes to contribute to the building fund, many others worked in choirs, Sunday Schools, dinner committees, youth programs or served as a deacon or elder.

All Saints Day reminds us of the faith of those that served God before us and even now are cheering us on as we take our turn between those that went before and those who follow us. We are stewards of the blessings of God which are lent to us while we are here. The blessings of God handed to us by the saints that went before us do not belong to the current generation anymore than the sky does. We do not own the church anymore than we can box and brand God's love just for us and our generation.

May you be blessed by all that the saints in your life have passed on to you, and may you enjoy them...and pass them on to others.

Of course, every house is built by someone, and God is really the one who built everything. -- Hebrews 3:4 (CEV)

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