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How do we
We are eternally grateful and
thankful for God's trust in allowing us to be stewards of
His Creation. Weekly, as we participate in the celebration
of the Eucharist, we offer our prayers of praise and
thanksgiving for His many gifts.
Central to our liturgy of thanks is
our offering of a portion of our God-given material wealth
to the Lord and his work through our church. This is brought
to the altar as a our gift, returning with thanks some of
the abundance He has provided us.
And then stewardship comes full
round. Our thankful offerings to God for the blessings He
has bestowed upon us becomes the seed for the continued
stewardship of God's creation. They sustain our place of
worship, paying for all the material costs of maintaining
our church. And they provide a helpful hand in our
community, our state and nation and anywhere else God's
creation needs the boost that our resources can provide.
Once a year we
focus on financial stewardship within the
church. Remember Jesus in
the temple? How disturbed he was to find that this holy
place had become a place of commerce. It is our intention at
the Church of Our Saviour that we likewise do not become a
place of commerce. We do not engage our congregation in fund
raising that might divert ourselves from the work of the
Lord. We do endorse your thank offerings for the work of the
This concept of thank offerings
goes back to the Old Testament. In the 28th chapter of
Genesis, Jacob had a vision of God. God promised to take
care of him and watch over him. Jacob responds by accepting
God's promise and promising to return to God a tithe of all
that with which God promised to bless him (Gen 28:20-22 )
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and
will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread
to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my
father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and
this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's
house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one
tenth to you."
Even before the law of Moses
established more strict rules and regulations concerning the
tithe, it was a seen as a way of praising God for God's
abundant gifts and care to us. The tithe was seen as a way
of giving a thank offering to God and as a way of
acknowledging God as the source of all our material
Jesus never specifically
prescribed tithing. Neither did he ever say it was no longer
necessary. He did say that we are to render unto God what is
God's, which he surely would have understood to include the
Old Testament laws regarding tithing and other giving.
Jesus preached in a community where
religion had become legalistic. People were practicing the
legal requirements of tithing and other giving, but their
giving was not from the heart. It only came out of a sense
of duty. Jesus commended those who gave from the heart, and
those who gave sacrificially. So do we.
Christian giving from start to
finish at the Church of Our Saviour.
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