Treasure and Heart

The following sermon was preached by The Rev. Tom Momberg.

“Where your treasure is, there will you heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)


“Do you want a copy of your receipt?” the clerk asked.

“No,” I said.

I knew my bank would show my debit card transaction virtually, almost immediately, on my smart phone app. I thought about how I used to write a record of my check in my register. Or forget.

In many ways, 21st century electronic banking is a blessing. More and more, I use automatic withdrawal to take care of my monthly expenses – including my pledge to the church. I love the ease and convenience, and I appreciate the accountability. But I think I’ve lost something in this translation. Years ago a bishop confronted the Episcopal Church with this statement: “Your checkbook will tell you where your heart really is.”

Most of the time, I don’t even carry a checkbook with me. What might that say about my heart?

Soon, when you come in the doors from the parking lot and past the Lounge, you’ll see on the curved brick wall on your left a little treasure chest. Paper hearts with the names of households and individuals who have already made a 2014 pledge to the mission and ministry of St. Matthew’s will begin to move into that treasure chest this week.

I’m glad that, six months after arriving at St. Matthew’s as your interim rector, my heart is very much here with you. You have generously shared your time, your talent and your treasure with me and countless others. If you haven’t already done so, I hope you’ll join me on this blessed part of our shared journey of the heart.

Thank you! Tom+
Fall, 2013

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