In this Sunday’s readings, Moses talks about seeing the glory of God. The letter to the church in Thessaloniki offers prayers and some insight into what is ahead. And Jesus in Matthew? It’s time to render unto Cesar what is Caesar’s.
How are you handling stewardship this year? The market was up 11% today, down much more last week.
It’s tricky, isn’t it? On the one hand, when the economy is struggling the church is needed more than ever. The food pantries where I live are struggling Much more than usual to keep up with demand. We’re trying to find ways to give more, help more.
On the other, many in the congregation can’t afford to give as much, much less more. Some of them are on fixed incomes. Others are newly unemployed.
On still another hand, most of us still have a way to go on tithing. What is the average person of faith in the
Consider Richard Semmler:
“Semmler, a 59-year-old mathematician, teaches calculus and algebra at
‘If I didn't do all of the things I was doing, I would probably have a new car every two years and I would have a huge house with a huge pool,’ Semmler said this week as he took a break from pounding nails on a Habitat for Humanity house in Vienna. He donated $100,000 to this house, most of the money required to build it. He stared determinedly up at the half-finished house, his T-shirt streaked with sweat and sawdust. ‘But I would not do it that way,’ he said. ‘I want to do it this way.’
Percentage-wise, Semmler's generosity is exceedingly rare among the middle-class -- or the rich, for that matter, say those who study philanthropy. Each year,
Last year, Semmler gave away $60,000. ‘Life isn't always about multiplying what you get, he explained. Sometimes, it's about subtraction.’”
Jacqueline L. Salmon. “The
So. Is it stewardship season where you are?
What word do you have that comforts, challenges, and encourages, all at the same time?