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Stewardship Emphasis: Share, Save, Spend

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  • Author: Scott Searl is responsible for faith formation and stewardship at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Excelsior, MN.
  • Updated: 07/12/2008
  • Copyright: Scott Searl

Each year there is an intentional emphasis on a Christian perspective of financial transactions. The congregation engages in conversation about these issues at a time when there are efforts to receiving funds for the congregation.  The focus is encouraging Christian stewardship values be reflected in all financial choices.


Sermon series at Mount Calvary Share -- Save -- Spend

Many of us believe there is a financial crisis at hand, and that we as a community of faith should have something to say about it. If the life and teaching of Jesus is something that we take seriously, then shouldn't we have a faithful financial response to Jesus' message of hope, love, generosity and compassion? Shouldn't we live lives that demonstrate these values, even with our financial choices?

One potential response is to learn to share first, save second and spend last. It is an approach that feels like an honest response to the stories of Jesus who poured out healing, life-giving, and life-sharing hope to all. Maybe you agree, maybe you disagree. Together through sermons and discussions during the month of January we will explore the question of living a faithful financial life.

Each January brings the opportunity for reflection, for resolutions, for thoughts of what could be new this year. Who might you meet? What can you predict, and what may surprise? How might you grow? Hearing the story of the Baptism of Jesus, we are reminded first that we are beloved, chosen by God.

Here is an example of sermon series for 2007:  

1st Sunday -   "Share, Save, Spend"

A guest preacher,  Dr. Kathryn D. Blanchard introduces the series on Share, Save, Spend. Dr. Blanchard preached on  Martin Luther's Pastoral Teachings on Money. Always one to speak boldly, Martin Luther is sure to engage us in very lively thought!

2nd Sunday -  "Share"

Jesus blesses us and says when we gave to the least of these who are members of his family, we gave to him. He even takes it further and judges those who did not give food, drink, a welcome, or a visit during sickness or prison. The invitation is to live with open hands.

3rd Sunday -  "Save"

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years...the seven lean and ugly cows are seven years." Financial wisdom includes planning ahead for those lean times.

4th Sunday -  "Share"

Jesus blesses us and says when we gave to the least of these who are members of his family, we gave to him. He even takes it further and judges those who did not give food, drink, a welcome, or a visit during sickness or prison. The invitation is to live with open hands.

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