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 remind us that God wants our whole lives to be lived in pursuit of God's justice, mindful of God at every moment, and alive with the hope of Christ.
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.
What is the gift of St. James' in your life?