This morning we will discuss stewardship. This means we will be talking about two things your mother probably told you never to discuss in polite company: God and Money.
It’s no secret that our organization needs money to survive, money to pay salaries, to help keep the lights on, oil in the tanks, and host of other exciting and not so exciting needs for our organization.
It’s also no secret that our organization is one that is a struggling organization. We were hit hard by the Great Recession in 2009, and have yet to really bounce back financially.
I recently read an article that came into my news feed, which explained that this is a national problem. Giving to churches is now down to levels, society wide, last seen in the Great Depression.
So, things are tough.
However, there is good news and reason to be excited about the work we are about in places such as this, because in many ways the work we do here has never been more important. There are few places in life that offer hope, and hope, that comes not shaped like some consumable good.
To our credit, we here in this church have recognized the realities outside our door and are working to adapt to the changing needs and changing face of life in the world today.
While you are waiting, consider what it might be like to suddenly find yourself unburdened by these financial burdens we all carry? What would that look like?