Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
This past Monday or Tuesday you received your 2015 pledge card. Additionally, for those who attended this past Sunday's worship service you heard our Stewardship Chairman, George Sowersby, speak to us about his own stewardship journey. His story about the inmates at the prison he was visiting and their sacrifice and stewardship in the face of devastation in Haiti was a powerful story of how we often neglect being good stewards of all that God has given and done for us.
You may notice that this year we are not asking for a certain percentage increase or a financial amount by which to increase your pledge. This is intentional on our part because we don't want to get in the way of you "Joining the Generosity Movement" at All Saints. We don't want to get in the way of you becoming what God wants you to be. As we say at the 8AM service when the gifts are presented on the altar, "All things come of Thee, O Lord, and of Thine own have we given Thee," we are called to be generous because God has been generous to us.
Before I close, I would like to share a powerful story about a man in New England who was building a boat and a visit one day by a bishop. You see this bishop built wooden steam boats and loved the water. One day he was in New England on vacation and decided to go to the local wooden boat show. Walking along the pier in this New England town, he came upon a beautiful, small finely tuned homemade boat. It was about 18 feet long and looked like it had literally been carved out of teak and mahogany. Brass and shining bright work everywhere. It was a true work of art. The Bishop was quite excited and wanted to find the owner right away. He saw an older gentleman standing in khaki pants nearby and asked him rather impatiently, if he was connected with the boat.
"I suppose I am", the man said. "Do you own her?" the Bishop asked quickly. "In a manner of speaking", the man said, "I built her from scratch". "So she's your boat?", the Bishop said. The man took a deep breath, seemingly exasperated by the bishop's questions about ownership, and looked up at him with a big smile and said, "Well, young man for now I have the privilege to be her steward, yes".
It is obvious to me that this man had found a way of loosening his grip on the world - including his grip on a boat that had taken years to build and I choose to believe that there was joy in his eyes as he spoke to the Bishop about just being a steward.
I believe this man provides us with great insight and an important lesson about being a steward. We are all caretakers for all of God's gifts and we are called to administer them with love, sacrifice, and generosity. May all of us do the same.
See ya Sunday!
Peace & Blessings,
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