In the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom we hear the call to “commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.” We commit our whole life to Christ when we truly believe that He is the source of our life and origin of all our blessings. Stewardship is our proper response to His gifts to us. In gratitude and thanksgiving, we give back of our time, talents, and treasure in proportion to what we have been given.
The Bible speaks of offering back to God the “first fruits” of our possessions, thus recognising Him as the provider of all we are and all we have. Stewardship is making Christ the first priority in the use of the time, talents and treasures with which He has blessed us.
King David said, “all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You” (Chronicles 29:14). Our possessions are not ours, but on loan from God, and as the Proverbs say, "He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given" (Prov 19:17). When we give to the Church, we return to God, the Creator and Founder of the Church, His rightful portion.
Saint Paul writes, “each person should give what he had decided in this heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful (willing) giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). How do you compare your expenditure on personal entertainment to your giving for God’s work? Giving reflects our commitment to Christ and His Church.
To fulfill the Church’s mission, we are called upon to commit what we can for the financial support of our parish which contributes so much for those in need. Stewardship places the responsibility on us, for we are the recipients of God’s gifts and play an active role in perpetuating His work of salvation.
Should you wish to donate by way of a financial contribution electronically, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your name, address, account description and amount to the following bank account,
Alternatively, you may make your donation to the members of the Ecclesiastical Committee, The Ladies Auxiliary or Fr Peter and the relevant receipt will be issued to you.
Contributions are vital for our many parish ministry and outreach programs:
- Worship and education
- Maintenance of our church building, sacred vessels and furnishings
- Youth Fellowship
- Pilgrimages and excursions
- Elderly gathering
- Charity work
Alternatively, you can help support our parish by volunteering your time and expertise through:
- Scripture Teaching
- Prosphoro Baking
- Food and clothing collection and distribution
If you would like to get involved, please contact us at email@example.com
Thank you for your support.