“What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8)? God’s love is with us at all times. In response, we strive to give every moment in return.
In stewardship we recognize that we are responsible for the world and have an obligation to take care of it. Stewardship often refers to the way we use our time, talents, and treasures to advance the Kingdom of God.
In Jesus’ time, a steward was entrusted with the responsibly of administering assets belonging to another. We express our own stewardship when we recognize that the assets are God’s. We can take care of the earth or we can pollute it; we can help the homeless, or we can ignore them; we can advance God’s Kingdom, or we can frustrate it. Each of us has a choice.
Many of us, myself included, often think we are too small to have an impact. Individually, that might be true – but in numbers, there is strength. We at St. Peter’s are strong, bold followers of Jesus Christ. We have a vision and we have a purpose.
We are a strong parish with a bold message, not just to those who worship with us, but to all those we serve. From our spectacular music and choirs to our youth programs; from our outreach to the homeless to our Room in the Inn participation, our parish is full of ministries and programs we need to support so that they can thrive and grow. We have fantastic clergy and staff, but we need more. With growth comes new obligations, new commitments, and greater responsibility.
Giving money for St. Peter’s work and mission is a responsive act. We are responding to God’s love in this place. I don’t mean to limit stewardship to simply financial giving. But we can’t ignore that money is a fundamental aspect of how we as a parish promote God’s mission in Center City Charlotte.
I again ask that you dig deep. Let’s make this year the year we surpass our goal. Let’s make this the year St. Peter’s can do everything it wants and needs to do to advance God’s mission in our community.
If you have already pledged, I thank you. If you have not, now is the time; today is the day! Do not procrastinate. Make your pledge to St. Peter’s, for the present and to the future. Let’s ensure that this Parish continues to be a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte.
John Buric, for the Annual Fund Team