“Stewardship is not about the church’s need to receive but rather about YOUR need to give.”
I heard the above quote at a stewardship seminar I attended a couple years ago (I may have even blogged about it but I can’t remember). I bring this up because this coming Sunday, Nov. 8 is “Stewardship Sunday” at Salem.
“Stewardship”…Sunday…isn’t every Sunday about stewardship?
Isn’t every day about stewardship?
I mean seriously…shouldn’t we talk about stewardship as something we do everyday as a response to what God has done for us in Christ?
–Aren’t we stewards of the Gospel?
–Aren’t we stewards of our time, gifts and talents?
–Aren’t we stewards of “our” possessions?
And if we answered “yes” to all those questions (and we should) then “Stewardship Sunday” is something that needs to be done away with because “Stewardship Sunday” should happen every single day.
I also bring all this up in light of the Gospel text for this Sunday which is from Mark 12:38-44. This is the story of the woman giving her two small copper coins (all she had) and Jesus commending her for giving out of her need (as opposed to the rich who gave out of their surplus).
–Is this text about us being better stewards?
–Is Jesus calling our attention to the fact that she felt driven to give despite her poverty; knowing God will care for
–Do we use this text to highlight the church’s need to receive, our need to give, all of the above or none of the above?
I wonder if I need to do something different this year and totally throw people off. Maybe I need to just rename this Sunday to “Turkey Dinner Sunday” because after all that is what we are also doing on Sunday.
Do you have a “Stewardship” Sunday?