It's just a dictionary definition of a word...but it is also our calling as followers of Jesus. Jesus speaks of our call to be stewards in many teachings. In his parables, Jesus challenged us to oversee and protect many things:
the word of God: the good news that you and I are saved by grace
the gifts and talents that God has given us
the resources, especially financial ones, for our own needs and the needs of God's work in the world
As you look back on your year, how has your life been as a steward?
Stewards of Worship:
How have you been a steward of what you have heard and experienced in worship? For six months, we looked at what it meant to be a follower of Jesus in our series, Follow Me. We looked at areas of worship, community, serving, and generosity. How have you been a steward of your relationship with Jesus? Then, this summer, we spent nine weeks talking about what it means to love our neighbor, in our series Neighborhood Watch. How have you been a steward of loving your neighbors? Have you learned their names, invited them over, and learned something about their lives? For what we have heard and experienced in our worship services is meant to carry over into our lives. For worship is more than Sunday morning: it is how we live our lives.
For the past two years, we have called our stewardship season A Life Worth Giving(insert image of hands here?). Jesus lived a life worth giving--for us--that we might have life here and now, and forever. As his followers, may our lives be lives worth giving.
"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." (Romans 12:11-12)
On Sunday, November 22nd, we will observe our traditional commitment Sunday. In the first service, at the end of the service, you will be invited to come forward with your completed commitment card for 2016. In the second service, you are invited to put your commitment card into the giving boxes located by the door. You may also respond prior to the 22nd by mailing your commitment card to the church office, placing it in the offering plate or giving box, or responding online.
Ways to give to Fremont:
Mail personal checks to Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento, CA 95819