Consecrated to God's work.
When we think about "stewardship," we acknowledge the blessings of our whole lives, and especially in the company of our fellow parishioners. The Church—which we understand to be the body of Christ, who is its head—is, in fact, us. The Church is we who commit ourselves to the work of the Kingdom, in every time and circumstance. It is not someone else, someone in authority: the Rector, her priests, the Bishop. The Church is the person seated beside you on Sunday; the Church is you. The financial commitments we offer are a way of claiming our membership in and commitment to that body, and supporting the work God calls us to do together.
Consider the readings we used in worship on Consecration Sunday this year:
These readings speak of free-will offerings, gifts freely and joyously given to God, the giver of every good gift, by God’s people who offer a portion of that blessing back to God. They speak of a radical lifestyle that calls for living peaceably with all. They speak of being poised and ready for action.
May we, in the company of God’s faithful assembled at St. James', take action by our giving, and position ourselves at-the-ready for the work that God will call us into in the year to come.