Giving financial resources is an act of worship
Six weeks into our Journey of Grace 150 campaign to renovate St. Joseph Church and parish center, we are seeing beautiful gifts of generosity from our parishioners. Many of you have prayerfully considered your three-year pledge to support the future of the church. Many are still discerning their gift. This is all part of your journey as a steward of our church.
Psalm 24 states, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." We must recognize ourselves as stewards of God's earth, and everything in it. Our blessings, our wealth, our assets -- all ultimately belong to God.
This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship: God owns everything; we are simply managers or administrators acting on His behalf. As members of Christ's Body of the Church, we all are stewards of His gifts. Giving our financial resources is an act of worship. Our journey of grace – receiving sacraments and grace through the Eucharist – is our path to redemption.
Our parish's Journey of Grace 150 campaign is our way to answer the call to stewardship of what is God's to begin with. In just six weeks, our campaign progress reflects the generous stewardship of 250 families who have returned pledge forms to St. Joseph. All 2,400 families in our parish are stewards of God's gifts. If you have not returned your pledge form, please remember that giving your financial resources is indeed an act of worship and it's your responsibility as stewards of God's gifts.
Please join us in praying for the success of the Journey of Grace 150 campaign to renovate our church and parish center. And pray that the call to stewardship touches each and every one of us to give according to our God-given means.