Stewardship means taking care of what we have been given. It is ours only as an entrustment, like a wine steward his cellar or a flight attendant her passengers. It is the responsibility implied when a parent asks an older child to look after a younger child: “Take care of that which is precious to me!”
Many interpret the creation story in this light—“God blessed humankind and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’” (Genesis 1:28) It is not that we are to do whatever we want with God’s creation, rather that we are to take responsibility for what, in truth, still belongs to God.
When we come to this time of year when we turn our attention to stewardship at St. Stephen’s, it is a way of asking ourselves, “How well are we taking care of that which God has given us? How can we do better?”
So we examine our resources—our many talents and abilities, our building, our money, our staff—and we ask how we can put these to use to fulfill God’s will here in this place. Does our building need repair (always and everywhere!)? Do we need more staff (is the Pope Catholic?)? Are there ways each of us can help? Then we make a pledge to do our best. Simple.