“Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don’t need most of what I want,
and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity.”
~ Contentment Prayer
This month we continue the focus on stewardship that we began in October. Throughout our lives we search for new ways to be good stewards of our God-given resources. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of and talk about stewardship and its vital connection to the life of the church.
The individual ways that we each practice stewardship affect us spiritually, and socially. It takes self-discipline to manage our gifts and resources. As we allow Christ to work in us, seeking first his kingdom and striving to do his will, we begin to sense a higher calling to simplicity, faithfulness and generosity.
“To be a Christian is to follow Jesus Christ and to seek to do his will in our lives. It is to say, ‘Here I am, all of me! I’m yours. Put me to work, help me to serve, use me to accomplish your work,’” said the Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of the largest church in The United Methodist Church, Church of the Resurrection.
“Now, if this is our life purpose, then our money and possessions should be devoted to helping us fulfill this calling,” he continued. “We are blessed to be a blessing.”
We will celebrate our blessings on Consecration Sunday, November 12th with a thought-provoking message from Brian Sheetz, executive director of the East Ohio United Methodist Foundation, followed by a potluck meal in Friendship Hall.
Once again this year we are being challenged to tithe for God, pledging 10% of our earnings to the ministries of Ridgewood UMC – ministries that share the love of Christ with our neighbors in the community.
As your pastor, I want to emphasize the importance of contributing to the life of the church. It is God’s invitation to you. We cannot do ministry without you.
I hope that you will enjoy our conversation together on stewardship during the next few weeks. I pray that you will be led to think more about tithing and the special place you hold in the fellowship of God.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity.