We are heading into a time of transition and hope at Saint Matthew. This is a time for us to lean in (grace), trust God for our future (faith) and gather together to support each other and look beyond ourselves (love).
Grace, faith and love are the three spiritual pillars that will guide us in this time of growing closer to the Lord, solidifying our community and becoming clear about our Mission – what God is calling us to do today and into the future. Each of us will need to prayerfully consider our calling to both the places we have been called to serve and our willingness to financially support the Mission of Saint Matthew.
The Apostle Paul says, “What do you have that you have not been given?” (1 Corinthians 4:17). As Christ-followers. We understand that all that we are and all we have are a gift from God. “And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16). God has been generous to us. Every day we celebrate God’s gift of life to us. We bask in the amazingly beautiful place we get to live. We recognize that we have been the beneficiaries of God’s generosity and goodness.
The greatest gift of all is Jesus. There is nothing we could do, and no amount of money we could give to repay what God has done for us in Jesus. Salvation is a gift. Forgiveness is a gift. Our lives, our families and everything we have is a gift. There is nothing we could do to earn what we have.
God calls us to be his stewards. Stewardship is a fundamental part of being Jesus’ followers. Because of everything God has done for us in Jesus, we now have both the desire and the power to do God’s will. Part of the way we show our gratitude for all that God has done for us is in the way we make a financial commitment to give to the work of God’s kingdom through our church family.