What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is the action of being a steward. A steward is someone who has been given the responsibility to manage or care for property that rightfully belongs to another. Three things to remember about stewards: First, the steward is not the owner. Second, the steward is placed in a position of honor with great responsibility attached. Third, the steward acts to benefit the owner and those who depend on the owner for their well-being. In our case God is the owner:
"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world and those who live in it..."
We are all stewards of what rightfully belongs to God. God has given each of us time (life itself), talent (skills and creative possibility), and treasure (possessions and wealth). We are simply stewards of all that God has given to us. That means: "If God is the source of the abilities that allow us to live a more than comfortable life, then there is no room left for me to imagine that I am the source of my good life. God is. God calls us to use what He has entrusted to us. Rather than taking credit for our own wealth, our wealth ought to cause us to ponder why God has chosen to bless us."
In grateful response to these blessings, we will seek to live a life of faithfulness and service. We will use our talents to the best of what we can do and be. And, contribute generously and joyfully to the work of God through our faith community, Shepherd of the Hills.
Sunday, November 22, we will dedicate our pledges to the Lord. In the meantime, please place your pledge in the offering plate, or mail it to P.O. Box 374, McHenry, MD 21541