Stewardship Letter (October 2013; Volume 2, Issue 10)
LCF Members & Friends,
It is that time of year again…Stewardship Season!
But this time of the year is not just about asking for money and filling out pledge cards. This season is an opportunity to reflect on the goodness of God, to notice all the gifts we have, to remember that they are all gifts from God. God is the sole source of our abundance: our time, talents, and treasures. God the creator entrusts us with all of our talents, interests, and possessions and intends for us to use them for the good of all creations. We are called to be good stewards.The word “steward” comes from the Old English for chief servant on a landed estate – the warden of the sty – the household. There is a reason we use this word to talk about our relationship with our gifts from God. God remains the creator, the owner if you will, and we are simply the one tasked with making things run smoothly – that all are cared for and things run smoothly.
It is with this in mind that we should consider our pledge of time, talents, and treasures for the coming year. God calls us not to give what is left over: the money after our bills are paid or the time and energy left at the end of a long week. If we were to give with that mindset, we would end up keeping everything God gives us for ourselves. We all feel the pressure of never ending wants and needs of life, family, and work, which makes our abundance feel scarce. However, when we remember that God is the source of abundance, we are freed to pledge and give off the top – to give joyfully and abundantly!
There are Biblical writings that encourage us to tithe – give 10% off the top. This might seem like a lot, but it is a percentage, and does not refer just to money. Some of us have more time than money to give, or can contribute more when we use our talents to serve God’s people, but in the end, it all evens out. As we will hear more about in the coming weeks, we all have been given an abundance, and can use that abundance to the good of creation, all God’s people, and to the glory of God. I know it can be scary to think about giving more, but I would encourage you to carefully consider all the parts of the pledge card – your time, your talents, and your treasures. Notice where you are tithing and where you can work toward a tithe. Notice where what giving leaves you feeling stressed and which bring you joy and give you a new sense of life. We are not all called to give in the exact same way, but we are all called to give, because first God gifted us all abundantly!
Be sure to join us at 11:00am on Sunday, October 13th in the LCF Fellowship Hall for a presentation by the Puppet Ministry of St. John Lutheran Church, Sudbury entitled “Gifts.” This will be the Sunday School time for ALL AGES!!!