Clergy Notes — Sunday, November 18

A STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

“The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it.” – Genesis 2:15

Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

“For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them…”

Romans 12:4-6

Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

 “This is what the Lord then said to Moses: ‘Tell the Israelites to take up a collection for me. From every man you shall accept the contribution that his heart prompts him to give to me.’” – Exodus 25:1-2

Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

 “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” – Luke 12:48

Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

 “Give and gifts will be given to you: a good measure, packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” – Luke 6:38

Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me. Amen.

(Adapted from the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Conference, 2010)

 

This week I received my Intention card and letter from Fr. Kevin regarding giving over the coming year.

I also went to the diocesan council meeting last night and spent a lot of time working with all those on council on various motions, many of which had to do with financial stewardship in various places across the diocese.

This bigger picture-view led me to consider giving in its broader context and helped me to understand why we have a month dedicated to thinking about stewardship of our time, talents and treasure.

What we give here at St. James’ affects not only our ministry, but also that of others in our diocese, our brothers and sisters in faith.

This past month, we have talked about financial giving, volunteering, legacy planning, and the fact that tithing (giving 10%) was a practice of our ancestors that for some is not a realistic amount, given the cost of living here in Vancouver. However, for some of us it is, and there are some who are able to give more. All our contributions are valuable, and are given as each of us are able.

Listening to the legal and financial conversations at the Diocesan Council, I began to think in terms of percentages. Perhaps you or I can’t manage 10% or more, but perhaps we can manage to give 1 or 2% more than we did last year. I found this to be a way to think about an increase that is easier to get my head round, and perhaps more manageable.

Ultimately we give in response to God’s generosity to us, and God is very generous to us, and to our wider church. I hope this is of help to you while you discern what you are able to give for the God’s mission through our church.

I am looking forward to celebrating with you on the 26th when we return our pledge cards and get to feast on pies! See you soon.

Mother Lucy