Both have an emphasis on:
- planting seeds for future growth;
- our bountiful harvest of God’s blessings;
- the care and maintenance of what we have been blessed with in life.
When I used to have more of an occasion to “garden,” I would sometimes stop and consider how important the efforts are to the overall prosperity of what I intended to “grow” – either vegetables, flowers, trees or shrubs. When I consider my “stewardship” of God’s blessings, I consider how important the efforts are to the overall growth of the mission and ministry here in our church family.
Consider the gardening GLOVES we wear in the gardening efforts. The glove, by itself, does not pick up anything. On my workbench, the gloves are limp and useless. Slide your hand into it, and the glove immediately takes on dexterity and power. It has become a gifted, smart (or so I hope) and useful tool that can accomplish innumerable tasks.
As you consider your Stewardship pledge of support for our new year of ministry, realize that your money is not unlike that garden glove. Money is the glove through which the hand of your human personality expresses itself in support of our church. Your money, given in thankful appreciation and faithful stewardship, is how Christ’s work gets accomplished in our world.
The glove by itself is neither good nor bad. The hand in the glove can take on either self-centered or self-giving characteristics. It can either open to give or grasp in greed.
Through anonymous messages on bulletin covers; short presentations by members of our church in Sunday worship; I hope you have realized how important your support is to the ministry of our church family.
On Stewardship Dedication Sunday we will gather to celebrate all God is doing in the mission of Covenant Church. Before that date, you’ll be receiving your Pledge Card of support in the mail. Let me ask you to give careful and prayerful consideration before you fill it out. Your increased support for your ministries is vital to the coming year of mission and outreach, worship and education, maintenance and upkeep for our church.
Ministering with you in Christ’s name,