As Disciples We Are All Called to Stewardship

09-28-2014Pastor's Letter

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
—Matthew 5:14-16

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace.
—1 Peter 4:10

Who is a Christian Disciple?
Through our baptism, we are all Christian disciples invited to answer Jesus' call to "Come and follow me."

Our Call to Self-giving
Just as Jesus in obedience to his Father offered his whole self for our salvation, we are called as his disciples to make this same selfgift in the service of others and in thanksgiving to God.

What is Stewardship?

Stewardship is an integral part of the Christian life, based on four interlocking parts:

God
Our Lord gives us everything we have, beginning with the gift of our very lives.

Gratitude
Our natural response to God's generosity is thanksgiving for his many gifts & blessings.

Accountability
God calls us to be responsible for our gifts, cultivating them throughout our lives.

Return
Jesus teaches us that our gifts are not to be buried and hidden, but invested and returned to our Father "with increase."

What are God's Gifts?

Time: One of the most precious possessions we have is time. When we begin to recognize that all time belongs to God and not to ourselves, our hearts can be drawn to devote every moment to knowing and doing his will. Our time on earth is not unlimited. There is urgency to use it wisely and generously for God and others.

Talent: Ultimately all of our God-given abilities are meant to glorify and draw others into relationship with him. Talents can come in endless forms: spiritual gifts like faith, hope, love and patience; talents of body and mind like singing, public speaking, teaching, coaching, being a good listener, organizing, computer skills, baking, sewing. When we joyfully use our talents to bring the love of Jesus to others, the Christian way of life takes on a luminous, attractive quality. When we use and develop our talents, we radiate God's glory in the world and he takes great pleasure in us.

Treasure: Money and all that we possess are gifts from God. The more we grow in awareness of our great dependence on God, the more we recognize that all we have belongs to him and we are prompted to ask, "How does God will me to use my treasure?"

What Can I Do?

Over the next few weeks, you will hear more about the many stewardship opportunities in our parish. Please take time to reflect on what kinds of unique gifts you may have, and prayerfully consider embracing the stewardship way of life. November 2, is"Stewardship Sunday," where you will have the chance to learn more and join one or more of the various parish ministries. By offering our time, talent and treasure in thanksgiving to God and in the service of his people, we are embracing our role as an integral member of the Body of Christ and making a beautiful offering to God.

For more information about stewardship opportunities at St. Magdalen's, contact Mary Bachynsky at StMagStewardship@gmail.com.

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