At St. Michael, we have embraced Stewardship as a way of life for our parish family, gratefully acknowledging God as the giver of all of our gifts. As we enter into this time of Renewal, please prayfully consider how God is calling you to use your Time, Talent and Treasure and commit to those actions through filling out a 2024 Online Commitment Card.
“Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.” — John 15:4
Remain in Me
As Christian disciples, it is vital that we are intimately united to Christ. It is Him who we follow. It is His truth that we proclaim. So, it only makes sense that we cannot truly be His disciples without a personal relationship with Him. How can you follow someone you do not know? How can you boldly proclaim a truth about which you are not greatly familiar?
In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us, “Remain in me as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. … Apart from me, you can do nothing.”
Most of us are keenly aware that committing to be Christ’s disciples, and, in turn, living the stewardship way of life involves selfless service to God and neighbor. In serving others selflessly, we share the good news of Christ’s boundless, selfless love for all of us. But before we can do that, we must come to know the Lord. This is why the time element of stewardship is so crucial. We cannot truly selflessly share our talents and our treasure unless we are firmly rooted in the one who has selflessly given them to us first.
During this year’s Stewardship Renewal, how can we “Remain in Him” and answer God is calling to proclaim the Gospel, by our words and by our deeds. The way in which we live should glorify the one who made us. All that we do – at home, at church, at work, and elsewhere – should bring glory to Christ.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” — John 15:5
What is Stewardship?
"Stewardship is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God's gift and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbor." - Diocese of Wichita, KS
“Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, Stewardship is not an option.”
-Bishop John J. McRaith
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