|Let me take a few moments of your time to talk to you about the “S” word. It seems to me that of all the church words we should be concerned about, the “S” word is at the top of the list. In my experience, however, it’s the one word that is at the top of the list for eliciting some of the most negative responses from people in the church. It is such an important word that it really should be thought about each day by those who wish to deliberately follow Jesus in a Christ-like lifestyle. Again, the word is so problematic for so many that we in the church have limited our focus on it to almost only one time each year…right about now.
No, the “S” word I am talking about is not “sin”, it’s “Stewardship”. The problem is that, over the years the word stewardship has become synonymous with “asking for money”. I believe the “S” word has gotten a bad rap. Although that is certainly part of it, it’s only one aspect. The “S” word is about much, much more. It simply means “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”
Following that time honored church tradition, Sunday, October 19th is designated as “S” Sunday. Our “S” committee has been working hard on broadening the emphasis for that day. They and I invite you to consider (before, on and I hope each day after) your own careful and responsible management of your time, talents (natural and spiritual), and treasures. How best do you use these blessings entrusted to your care as you deliberately follow Jesus in a Christ-like lifestyle?
The Lord has an amazing confidence in each of us that we will be a positive force in this world for Him. That certainly happens through your involvement in the ministries of our congregation. Like through the new mentoring program with our confirmation students. Check it out! (By the way, we could use a couple more. Talk to Jamie!) It also happens to an even greater extent as you and I responsibly and carefully manage those blessings of our money, our abilities and our energy in the activities and places we live, work and play each day as Christ’s people in the world.
So, I encourage you to join me in keeping that “S” word with you every day. I also highly recommend that you, even if you are not able to be at worship on Sunday the 19th, take advantage of the opportunity our “S” Team will be offering all of us in our consideration of that important “S” word – our careful and responsible management of the blessings entrusted to our care.
Rev. Jimmy Lee Werley