What is Stewardship?

Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and devout follower of Christ, wrote this about gratitude:

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.

Merton's words connect us to the reality of God's grace and abundance in every aspect of our lives. As we experience this grace, gratitude is our deeply-felt response.

Stewardship is, at every level, our response of gratitude to our faithful and generous God. It is nothing less than our participation in the holy process of creation that continues in every day and every place. It is our response to the goodness of God's own abundance, given in love.

At the heart of stewardship is our ongoing gift back to God for the gifts we've been blessed with - our time, talent, and treasure. This act of giving back is not primarily an economic act; it is a spiritual act, grounded by our trust in God's own generosity and moved by our love of creation and the community of which we are part.

Stewardship is also rooted in hope for the future. It expresses our hope that God will guide and equip us all for our shared ministry in Christ's name. Our mission at the Church of the Resurrection is to shine the light of God's love, in everything we say and do. Last year, we worked on three goals for our parish - growing our faith community, engaging in multicultural ministry, and strengthening our stewardship for our buildings and campus. In reality, all of these are long-term goals, and we will continue this work to deepen our connection with the neighborhood around us, to minister to those in need in partnership with others, and to provide a safe, vibrant spiritual home for worship, fellowship and Christian formation.

We are all part of God's ministry entrusted in the Church of the Resurrection. We ask now for your support of this ministry with your own generous gifts of time, talent and treasure. Every person's gift makes a true difference to our ministry together.

Please join us in prayerfully discerning how we can give God thanks and praise for the abundant blessings of our life in community.

~ Partial excerpt from a letter from Rev. Edith Weller, The Vestry and Members of the Stewardship Committee.

Ways to Give

Please consider the ways you can contribute your own generous gifts of time, talent and treasure. The links below describe many of the options available to you.