While we often assume that “stewardship” is a euphemism for “fund-raising”, the call of the steward runs much deeper than that. We are called as God’s creatures to care for creation, and to treat our own bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. We are called as Christians to be the Body of Christ, by showing God’s love to the world. Stewardship is about what we do with what we have been given. And we’ve been given, well, everything!
During our fall Stewardship program, we have heard the stories of church members as they have shared with us something of their spiritual journeys, including what brought them to St. Stephen’s, and what keeps them here. These personal stories are always heart-warming, and inspirational, as we are reminded that we all have a story to tell and that St. Stephen’s is a safe and receptive place to tell it.
But as our Stewardship program winds up, we turn inevitably to the question of how each of us will be good stewards of this extraordinary gift we have received in the Good News of Jesus Christ expressed and embodied here in our parish church. So, we ask everyone simply to tell us what their support for our church will look like in the coming year. We need to know this as we set our goals and create our budget.
Stewardship is about more than money. But money is one expression of our stewardship. What will you do with what you’ve been given?