Stewardship is about being grateful for and responsible with the gifts we each receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity.
Of course the church needs financial resources to keep its doors open. Doors that provide access to a place to gather for worship, study, prayer, healing and fellowship. Does “the church” need a building to exist? No, of course not. But despite the complications it’s good to have a central place to come together to prepare ourselves for ministry and to foster the ministries God has deemed appropriate for us.
St. Michael’s supports the Biblical practice of tithing as representing the returning to God of a significant, specific, and intentional portion of material gain. When we commit ourselves to regular giving our parish can not only keep the doors open but we can focus on the work God has for us to do.
Please consider making a financial pledge to St. Michael’s as part of what it means to live a life a Christian stewardship.