Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

Treasurer’s Report

Stewardship at St. Michael’s is not just about Tithing and giving. It involves an offering back to God of our time and talents, as well as our treasure. The Bible clearly tells us that all our gifts come from the Lord and that we are simply “stewards” of these gifts during our earthly journey. How we use our gifts tells much about where our life is centered and what we value as most important. Tithing, or giving the first fruits of our labor to the Lord, is mentioned in Old Testament

Tithing, or giving the first fruits of our labor to the Lord, is mentioned in Old Testament scripture but has endured as the biblical standard of giving for more than three thousand years. Giving of our time and talent has more New Testament underpinnings, and relates to how we best use the skills and gifts we are given. Is Christ the center of your life? Or are you beholden to “other gods”? God wants good things for his children and, I think, He wants you to enjoy your gifts and talents. But, remember the two greatest commandments: “Love the Lord God with all your heart, your soul and your mind” and to “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Use these two commandments to guide your Stewardship giving. Are you putting the Lord first? Or are other things coming before

But, remember the two greatest commandments: “Love the Lord God with all your heart, your soul and your mind” and to “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Use these two commandments to guide your Stewardship giving. Are you putting the Lord first? Or are other things coming before Christ-centered priorities? Some church goers seem to view church as just one aspect of their busy life. Certainly health, family, career, and “the pursuit of happiness” are worthwhile priorities in life. But treating your church life as just another “service to be purchased” misses the mark. “For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also” (Matt. 6:21). Think about it: where is your heart centered?

Blessings,

Gary DiCamillo Treasurer

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