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  • Author: Paul Westermeyer is a Professor of Church Music at Luther Seminary.
  • Updated: 12/01/2015
  • Copyright: A joint project by Center for Lifelong Learning and Stewardship in the 21st Century, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

What the church does at worship is not fundamentally about music.  Music may figure quite heavily in worship, but music is not the central thing. The central thing at worship is God meeting the people.  If music gets in the way of that encounter, it has overstepped its bounds and tried to take the place of God.  We call this idolatry.  Part of the musician's stewarding role is to guard against this danger.

The author then proceeds to identify musics proper role in worship.

Article  Article
  • Author: Paul Westermeyer is a Professor of Church Music at Luther Seminary.
  • Updated: 12/01/2015
  • Copyright: A joint project by Center for Lifelong Learning and Stewardship in the 21st Century, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

"This is a point at which the musician faces one of the church's most acute temptations, namely, to think the prayer or the sacrifice -- in this case the musical sacrifice -- has merit and can gain favor with God. . . But no matter what we bring or how well or poorly we bring it . . . our goodness or lack of goodness cannot get us into God's presence.  God chooses to come to us.  We are so curved in on ourselves that we cannot even choose God, let alone do anything worthy of God's presence no matter how good we think it is.  And just here is yet another amazing thing.  God turns everything around and graces us.  We speak and sing poor human words, but God turns them around and gives us the Word.  We bring our bread and wine, but God turns them around and gives us Christ's body and blood.  It appears that worship is our giving.  God freely turns it into our receiving."

Article  Article
  • Author: Jonathan Reitz is CEO at CoachNet North America.
  • Updated: 12/17/2012
  • Copyright: Stewardship Resources Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 8765 West Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631. Any part of Salt Seasonings can be reproduced for local use with attribution.

Texts:  Isaiah 55:9, Mark 12:41-44

Perspective and Practices:  A holistic, whole-life approach to stewardship includes evaluating every component of a congregation's stewardship ministry.  This articles helps you to assess and improve the intangible side of individual and congregational stewardship.

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  • Author: Glenn Taibl is a stewardship leader, a member of the Financial Stewardship Team and Luther Seminary.
  • Updated: 12/17/2012
  • Copyright: Glenn Taibl

Interview questions that can be used to assess the stewardship knowledge of a pastor.

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  • Author: Jerry Hoffman
  • Updated: 12/17/2012
  • Copyright: Jerry Hoffman

Text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
God provides all you need to do what God calls you to do. You have more than enough talent, leadership, imagination and money available. Make an effort to encourage, discover and identify the assets God has entrusted to your care. God is extravagant with you. You can do far more than you ask or imagine.