St. Thomas Lutheran Church
A Message on Stewardship
Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first give us – ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(An Offertory Prayer from Lutheran Book of Worship)
As disciples of Jesus, we understand that all we have … ourselves, our time, and our possessions … are signs of God’s gracious love, meant to be enjoyed and shared with thankful and generous hearts. This is another way of saying we are stewards of God’s abundant blessings; caretakers and caregivers of all God has first given us.
In Make It Simple: A Resource for Stewardship Education and Annual Response, we read, “Stewardship is an important daily activity in the life of a disciple of Jesus.” It goes on to say, “As a disciple of Jesus, you can find a broader role for stewardship in your daily life. You are called to be the body of Christ in the world – to do God’s work, share your blessings received from God, do God’s will. That understanding of stewardship is both corporate and individual. How do you take care of all that God has blessed you with? How do you use those blessings to accomplish God’s will for the world? This might mean tending to your health, your relationships, your work, your possessions, your finances, your recreation, God’s creation, your congregation, your community, or your faith life.”
The Gospel text for Sunday, August 7th reminds us that “where our treasure is, there our heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). In these words, Jesus is challenging us … corporately and individually … to consider what we truly value in life and how that informs, shapes, and finds expression in, with and through us. The connection between our treasure and our heart is really a spiritual matter; one that goes hand in hand with the daily activity of faithful stewardship. During this long season after Pentecost, may we continue to grow in God’s grace that inspires generous hearts that treasure the gift of life in Christ, above all else.
Sharing in Christ’s ministry,
+ Pastor Wynemah
The Rev. Wynemah Hinlicky