Our Annual Stewardship in-gathering will be this Sunday, November 11 at both services. It is that sacred time when we bring our pledge cards to the altar as a symbol of giving back to God from what God has generously given to us. If you have already turned in your pledge card, great! There is always time to give if you have not yet completed a pledge.
Throughout scripture we're challenged with many things that God expects of His children, and one that's commonly discussed is the call to be good stewards of all of His resources.
As I've met with many people over the years, the definition of stewardship seems to change with each person. For some reason, we've molded it and modified the definition, much like other commands He has given us, to fit with what works most comfortably for us.
For many of you, your view of stewardship may simply involve tithing as the Old Testament scriptures have detailed. You take your 10%, give it to your local church, and believe that you've in-fact been a good steward of the resources that He has provided you.
But is that really all that's expected?
Being a Good Steward Involves Everything
As the Lord is sovereign over ALL things, we can quickly grasp that stewardship involves more than the portion we've dedicated and said, 'okay Lord, I'm being a good steward. Here is the percentage of what you've given me.'
On the contrary, we know that "the earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell" (Psalms 24:1). With that in mind, I want to challenge you to consider other areas in your life where we're called to be good stewards. I give thanks to all of you who have prayed and considered what stewardship means for you and your family. I am grateful for all that you contribute to Resurrection church, and whether it is your time, talent, and yes even your money, I give thanks for that commitment and you should know that this parish will be able to continue to be the "kingdom building" parish it is called to be. May God bless you always and now especially as you have given back to him in his name. Always for Christ.....
Fr. David +