Stewardship Sunday Comments

Trinity's 2019 Stewardship officially kicked off on Sunday, October 7. Below are Lay Testimonies from past Sundays.

Stewardship Comments

  • Click here to read Helen Taylor's comments from Sunday, October 21, 2018.
  • Click here to read Janie Godbold's comments from Sunday, October 21, 2018.
  • Click here to read Sean Rankin's comments from Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Ben Grimsley's Comments from Stewardship Kickoff Sunday: Sunday, October 7

Good morning!  It’s stewardship season at Trinity Cathedral.  My name is Ben Grimsley and my wife, Adele, and I are the stewardship chairs for the 2019 stewardship campaign. By now we hope that you have received a stewardship brochure and pledge card in the mail. You will also find pledge cards in your pew this morning.  “Heart Matters” was chosen as our stewardship theme because giving – of your time, your talent, and your treasure – is a heart matter.  And because the one thing Jesus desires is your heart.

In Acts 4:32-35, Luke describes the unity of heart of the believers in the early church and how their oneness in giving advanced the ministry of the church.  It reads:

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.  With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”

This is a depiction of true church stewardship.  Can you imagine a community of faith where all are of one heart? If we as a church want to move toward this model of stewardship, we are all going to have to have a change of heart and trust in God as we give more of ourselves. Proverbs 3:5 says that we are to “Trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding.” It will require a leap of faith.

A leap of faith is the act of believing in or accepting something outside the boundaries of reason. It moves us from our head to our heart. Last weekend, my son, Edward, and I went on a Boy Scouts trip to the National Whitewater Center, and I was talked into going with him on the zip line, which starts from a 100 foot tower and runs the length of the park. I have a tremendous fear of heights. I can watch someone on TV climbing up a cliff and my palms will sweat, so the zip line was a real challenge for me. As we got to the top of the tower, I didn’t’ think I could go through with it. As I was hooked onto the line, everything in me told me it was beyond reason that I should step off that tower. I eventually trusted in the line and stepped off.  It was scary at first, but as I got going I realized that everything was going to be okay. For me, it was a leap of faith of sorts.

Challenging yourself with your pledge can be a lot like this.  You should feel it … it should be a little bit scary at times.  But once you get going you’ll sense that everything is going to be okay … that God will take care of you.  It’s truly a leap of faith.

As you pray and discern your role in church stewardship at Trinity, search your heart and ask yourself what matters to you.  Where are you spending your time, your talent, and your money?  Your heart matters to Jesus, and He knows that the clearest window into what you truly love, desire and pursue is visible through how you spend your time, your talent, and your money.  Your heart matters to Trinity!

 

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