9th Sunday after Pentecost – Luke 12:32-40
Stewardship Moment from Pastor William
Stewardship in the Gospel
Jesus tells us not to worry about life’s necessitates because it is God’s good pleasure to provide. Then Jesus instructs us that trusting God is to lead to us selling our stuff and giving alms. The Hebrew word for alms means justice or righteousness. In a society of disproportionate wealth, giving alms was a way to bring about justice and reestablish right order amongst all the people.
Stewardship in our community
In our society today, just as in Jesus’ day, there are the poor, marginalized and oppressed. All parts of society are not on equal footing, and too often, proper order and equal treatment are not a daily experience for many. God’s abundant grace, mercy and generosity are for all people.
Stewardship in practice
What alms can you give? We’re not talking about your regular church giving, for alms is above and beyond giving. Can you sell something? Can you give up one cup of premium coffee? Can you choose to not buy that item on Amazon? Or course you can! Now, take that money and make a difference – maybe even just ADD it to the tip you leave for the next wait staff. That’s a good start.