11th Sunday after Pentecost – Luke 13:10-17
Stewardship Moment from Pastor William
Stewardship in the Gospel
Jesus works on the sabbath – the day of rest. But the work he is doing is freeing the oppressed. His followers were upset that Jesus broke the sabbath rules of rest, but Jesus was upset that they weren’t concerned about the oppressed woman.
Stewardship in our community
In these busy times, we try even more to take our sabbath rest; making time for ourselves to recharge. But those who are oppressed don’t have such luxury, they don’t get that sabbath rest from their oppression. Jesus calls out his followers to make time for those in need. Not to eliminate our rest, but to make freeing the oppressed an equal priority.
Stewardship in practice
As you take your sabbath rest, remember that it isn’t just about you. You are called to be an active child of God, even on your day of rest. Often our “rest” requires others to work for our benefit. What are you doing to relieve their burden? Are you being extra kind to those working to make your time restful? Step out of your own needs and consider the needs of those serving you.