2021 Stewardship Invitation
At The Land, Stewardship is a celebration of the past and a dream for the future. The unexpected outcome of this practice is that it reliably pulls us back into the present moment, a location of awe to take inventory on gifts given and received.
Beyond the busyness of new housing developments in East Aurora exists 10 acres of wild, open prairie called The Land. We are confident there is a history here. Various indigenous peoples have called this area home. They have lived, farmed, hunted, loved, prayed, and died here. Mastodons roamed across this terrain, finding food, finding a mate, raising young.
Now we are the stewards of The Land.
Like those who have lived on The Land before us, stewardship is not a work we do on our own. Birds, butterflies, and other creatures call this space home and welcome us regularly as guests. Prairie dogs announce our arrival without fail each Saturday. Canadian geese fly over and around our worship gathering by the hundreds of thousands every Fall. In the Spring and Summer, pronghorn in the distance pause to get a glance at what we might be doing. Even a friendly bull snake unassumingly crawled under the podium from which Pastor Stephanie spoke during worship this Summer.
We have been gifted a deed to The Land, but our co-inhabitants don’t care. We are guests on this prairie.
As an outdoor community of faith dedicated to caring for and connecting with Creation, we commit to conserving and sharing this sacred place we call, The Land. We agree to remind ourselves and the world of the love Christ fills us with for all of Creation. We promise to use The Land to literally and spiritually “feed” our community. And, we celebrate the opportunity to gather each Saturday to redefine worship as an experience that places us in communion with a much larger and longer-lasting story.
In all we plan, prepare, and produce, we demonstrate a love for a Land, just as she is at this moment.
This beautiful patch of the prairie has begun her work with us, even as we have started our work with her. This place connects us one to another in profound ways. What is growing here along with the Bluestem, Grama grass, burrowing owls, coyotes, and hawks?
This Stewardship Season, may the story of The Land, the beauty that she offers, and the peace that she holds, inspire you to reciprocate for her many gifts with an annual financial pledge supporting The Land community and its growing ministry on this sacred patch of prairie.
With Gratitude for Gifts Given and Received,
The Land Stewardship Team
Mary Jane Harmony