Greetings St. Andrew's Family. In the past few months, I have written about what Stewardship means and how we can be better stewards in our faith and family. This month I would like to talk about how we can be better stewards to our church. We have all heard the teachings from the Bible that tells us that the church is really the people that collectively share a faith and belief in Jesus Christ. So how can we be stewards of an idea, a principal, a belief? This reminds me of the movie The Polar Express, where the main character is implored to just believe in order to make it, and keep it true. Well, it’s a little more complicated than just quietly believing in the teachings of Christ and living a good life to be a good steward of your church. In practice, it takes a more proactive approach. In 2 Corinthians 6:1, Paul writes “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”. When we talk about being stewards of the church, what we mean is that we are called upon to be active participants in the practice of Christianity to receive the grace of God. We need to worship together, to support each other in times of need, to provide a place for our children to learn the teachings of Christ, to sing joyously at the top of our lungs, and to give to those that are less fortunate.
These are the ways we practice our faith and maintain the church, and we do this by gathering together every week at St. Andrew’s. So to be good stewards of the church, we must recognize the need to support and maintain the physical church so that it is there for us to joyously practice our faith, now and for future generations.