Welcome to the first of a series of messages that are a part of our congregation’s “Because of God’s Great Mercy” stewardship program. Over the next few weeks, we are going to consider God’s great mercy and our response to that mercy through our financial support of Saints James and Andrew.
In Isaiah we read, “I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.”
God’s mercy comes to us in our Lord, Jesus Christ. God’s mercy also comes to us in many other ways. Among these are the material possessions we enjoy. They are gifts from God, but more than this, they are entrusted to us by God. The Bible teaches us that all that we have in this life comes from God. Our time, our talents, and our money and possessions all come from God, and in a very real sense still belong to God. In this life we are stewards, caretakers, managers of God’s incredible bounty.
Through Jesus we are “God’s own people.” God has entrusted into our care all that we “have”. This good news is the beginning of our understanding that we are stewards. It is also the starting point of our thinking about our giving. When we give to Saints James and Andrew, we are giving some of what God has entrusted into our care to accomplish God’s work in the world. And through Saints James and Andrew, it accomplishes a lot.
The Clergy & Vestry of Saints James and Andrew