St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 22nd September 2019: Stewardship.
One could be forgiven for thinking that you had heard the word Stewardship quite recently – and you would be correct! Two weeks ago we held our “Stewardship Sunday” when we were reminded about our duty to the church in giving financially, and through our time and talents. This Sunday, in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is telling his disciples about Stewardship and tells them the parable of the Rich Man and the unjust Steward. How does the steward feel when he is called to account?
As with many of the other parables that Jesus told, we can quickly identify ourselves with characters in the stories; in this case we are the unjust Steward and God is the Master who calls us to account. Will we be found wanting? Or will we be able to stand before our Lord and Master, knowing that we had made a fair (or just) contribution to his Kingdom through our selfless contribution?
The whole issue of Stewardship cannot have come at a more apposite time. Our recent boiler inspection has revealed that our heating system is beyond economical repair (in fact, the parts are no longer available) – so one of the boilers has been canibalised to make one that works (but we don’t know for how long!). Replacement boilers are estimated to be in the region of £22,000 and we do not currently have that amount of money in our accounts. So we are appealing to everyone, either for a donation or perhaps to consider an interest free loan to the church. Fr Edward has written a letter to explain the situation and you can read it here.
It just goes to show that we cannot be complacent. Of course gving financially is just one part of Stewardship. Each of us needs to consider what skills and talents we have, that could be put to use in growing God’s Kingdom. We need children and adults who are willing to be trained as Altar Servers; volunteers who could read (either the scripture readings or the intercessions – Prayer of the Faithful); singers in the choir; those who would be willing to help with the cleaning of the church; or someone who is good with administration or figures and could assist a busy Administrator … lots of different roles, but very few who are coming forward to offer their time and talents. Please pray to Our Lady for direction – and let her answer: “Do whatever He tells you.”