What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is a complete lifestyle, a life of total accountability and responsibility acknowledging God as Creator and Owner of all. Stewards as disciples of Jesus Christ see themselves as caretakers of all God's gifts. Gratitude for these gifts is expressed in prayer, worship, offering and action by eagerly sharing these gifts out of love of God and one another.
Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus; and where it has been implemented, both givers' and receivers' lives have been changed. Stewardship is a way of life, a way of thanking God for all His blessings by returning a portion of the time, talent and treasure allotted to us.
Stewardship is living out Christ's instruction to "love one another as I have loved you".
Stewardship is caring. Stewardship is responsible management of our God-given resources of time, talent and treasure. It enhances our relationship with God and one another.
Stewardship builds happy, healthy families. Stewardship renews Christ's Church.
Stewardship pleases God because the good steward is careful of creation, is respectful of justice and charity, and is prayerful at all times.
Our offering of time, talent and treasure is one way of saying: We belong to the Lord and to one another. It is an:
Act of Faith:
We profess that we belong to God and all that we possess is His,
Act of Trust:
We place our life in God's loving hands and make Him our treasure,
Act of Worship:
We adore Him as the giver of all good gifts,
Act of Belonging:
We unite our offering with the rest of our Parish Family so that together we might care for the needs of one another, especially the poor.
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace. (Peter 4:10)
Almighty and ever-faithful Lord, gratefully acknowledging Your mercy and humbly admitting our need, we pledge our trust in You and each other.
Filled with desire, we respond to Your call for discipleship by shaping our lives in imitation of Christ. We profess that the call requires us to be stewards of Your gifts. As stewards, we receive Your gifts gratefully, cherish and tend them in a responsible manner, share them in practice and love with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.
We pledge to our ongoing formation as stewards and our responsibility to call others to that same endeavor. Almighty and ever-faithful God, it is our fervent hope and prayer that You who have begun this good work in us will bring it to fulfillment in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen