Today we are reminded about the practical side of being a church.
The church of St Thomas Becket does not receive any income other than by voluntary giving by members of the congregation and friends. We receive no money from Kirchensteuer nor anything from the Diocese – we have to be entirely self-funding to cover the chaplain's salary, accommodation, the upkeep of the church and its activities.
On this Sunday mid-Lent we are reminded to look at our giving. 'All things come from You and of Your own do we give You'.
Those on the Electoral Roll in particular are asked to reflect on their financial commitment. But if you are reading this and don't attend church very regularly, we also ask you to consider making a donation to the cost of having the church here in Hamburg: a place and organisation you are free to use whenever you need it, though not unfortunately free to provide. All donations are tax deductible and every amount helps.
For details on how to donate, click here – THANK YOU!
FOR FULL TEXT OF BISHOP RUPERT HOARE'S SERMON – CLICK HERE.