The Gift That Is In You

posted Nov 9, 2018, 9:26 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Blessings of grace and peace to you!

This Sunday, November 11th, is Stewardship Sunday. It is a time in the life of our church where we reflect and act on how we can be faithful stewards of the money and spiritual gifts that God has given to us.

If truth be told, we don’t like to talk about money, because often we are made to feel shame or guilt around the topic of finance. I think we have this shame because so much in our culture measures our worth by how much money or things we have, and not necessarily by who we are. But, I’m not going to let what the world thinks stop us from talking plainly about money. However, I’m not going to preach this Sunday only about money. As people of faith, when we speak about our finances, we do well to see it through the lens of stewardship.

That said, we can’t examine stewardship unless we know what it means. Quite simply, stewardship is “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.” But then, what is it, as people of faith that is entrusted to our care? We are entrusted with all of the gifts that God has given to each one of us, whatever they may be. We are stewards of those gifts; we are the caretakers of our talents, and as such, we are called to use those gifts in service to God and church as part of the body of Christ. As The Heidelberg Catechism states, “First, that believers one and all, as members of this community, share in Christ and in all his treasures and gifts. Second, that each member should consider it a duty to use these gifts readily and joyfully for the service and enrichment of the other members” (Q & A #55). 

One of the most powerful moments for me at my ordination, besides the laying on of hands, was a sentence in the liturgy of the charge given to me: “Do not neglect the gift that is in you.” I repeat that sentence almost daily; I keep it ever before me. And each time I say it, I see it as a moment of faithful stewardship and worship. It is through being steadfast stewards of our money, time, and talents that we don’t neglect the gift that God has given each one of us. When we use these gifts, we are expressing gratitude and love to God for the mercy and grace we are given each day through our Savior Jesus Christ.

Come this Sunday to worship at 10:30 AM and bring all the gifts God has given to you. Tim Anderson will be our featured artist, singing the anthem “The Gift of Love.” I will be preaching from Ruth 3.1-5; 4.13-17 and Mark 12.38-44, and my sermon title is Practicing God’s Generosity

I look forward to worshiping with you in God’s house on the Holy Sabbath!

In gratitude for the privilege of being your Pastor, and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish