Serving, Growing, Giving
What is Stewardship?
God is Good
We’ve heard that so often we tend to think of it as just a cliché, but it’s true beyond our wildest ability to conceive. God has blessed us with an abundance that is unprecedented in history. We can be truly grateful that God has given us so much. Here at Our Savior’s, we are grateful that during these past several months of trying and uncertain times, God has led us in many different ways to be faithful servants in His grace. Now we have an opportunity to live into those blessings!
Stewardship is holistic. It’s about how we worship God and live into the faith we have been given with our whole selves! It is saying, “This is what I believe and this is how I live into those beliefs.”
What kind of commitment are you willing to make? Together, we celebrate God’s blessings and grace. Every response is a blessing!
A few weeks ago, Noble Deckard, our Stewardship Chair, introduced the theme of this year’s stewardship initiative with the simple words,
‘Give thanks with a grateful heart.’ This message is a profound reminder of the essence of stewardship.
We give out of our abundance to the one who has provided all that we need. Our giving is not an activity of generosity, but rather of gratitude. This is opposite to what our culture tries to teach us. Too often the message is to invest; our contributions are what make or break the opportunities. But with God, it is different. We are called to simply respond; respond to what God has done, is doing and will do.
The past two years have been extraordinary in many ways. COVID has made an impact that we will not soon forget. But more importantly, God has been at work in ways we should not take for-granted. As a congregation, we have grown stronger together; our desire to care for one another has grown deeper and the love that we share in Christ Jesus is even more evident.
As you consider the opportunity to pledge for the year to come, I pray that these simple words, “Give thanks with a grateful heart,” will be words of motivation. Gratitude as a motivator is far more powerful than anything this world could suggest and when God is our source of gratefulness, there is nothing comparable.
Thank you for your faithfulness this past year, for your encouragement and generosity. Thank you for showing gratitude to how God is at work here at Our Savior’s.