The biblical view of stewardship is managing and utilizing all resources God provides for His glory and the betterment of all creation. We do that through our commitment in tithing and in offerings, with our finances and our time and talent.
We know from 2 Corinthians 9:7 that God loves a cheerful giver. Given, these may not always feel like the most cheerful of times - this year of 2020. But I believe if every individual, every family could think of at least one gift received each week for the betterment of all creation and God’s glory, we can be joyful even in 2020. Perhaps the joy we find is as small as a successful school day or as amazing as the birth of a child or a recovery from illness.
We know that above all, God does not want us to be anxious or afraid, especially in our giving. Increasing or even meeting our financial pledge in the coming year of uncertainty may be a challenge. We may have more to give with less places to spend it.
I will try to reach deep into my heart to see any of the ways our family can give more so St. Luke’s can serve more. We know the more we give the more we receive. And of course, Jesus taught it is better to give then receive (Acts 20:35). This year has not offered as many opportunities to give of our time and talents at church, but we can contribute to keeping our community together virtually or in real time.
Join in calling parishioners just to check on them. Take inventory of your special talents that may be valuable for these special times. Pray without ceasing as you make a pledge for the coming year and God will surely show us the highest and best use of our time, talents and finances.
Let us know if you have any questions or need anything else for stewardship.