Giving of our Time, Talent & Treasure

Time, talent, and treasure; commonly known as the “three T’s” of stewardship.

There are four underlying core values: identity, trust, gratitude, and love.

“As God loves us, we love God.  Love is the requirement of the Christian.  It is not optional.” Making Stewardship a Way of Life, Fr. Andrew Kemberling and Mila Glodava, 26.  From a theological standpoint, love and charity are words that are interchangeable. “Charity, therefore, is the requirement of a Christian.  Love is not self-seeking.  Love itself requires one to give.  One cannot love if all one does is receive, receive, receive.”

“The good steward understands that our charitable giving is based on the key ideas that we have a need to give before we give to a need.    Our need to give is our response in love.  We give back what is not really ours.  God does not want all of it back—not yet.  He will when we die. He does not want half of it back.  No.  God asks a tithe back in thanksgiving for what he has done.  He asks us to give of our time, talent, and treasure.  As God loves we love God.  When God sees our response in love, God gives us even more.  God cannot be outdone in generosity.”

Peace of Christ,
Fr. Kevin

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Stewardship Prayer

My church is composed of people like me.
I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
It will be holy, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will be prayerful, if I pray.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will bring others into its worship, if I invite and bring them.
It will be a church of loyalty and love,
of fearlessness and faith,
of compassion, charity, and mercy,
if I who make it what it is,
am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God,
I now dedicate my­self to the task
of being all the things that I want my church to be.

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