Christian hands never clasp
And He doesn’t give gifts for gain
Because a gift can never stop being a gift-
It is always meant to be given.
“One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp

 

As Christians we understand our lives to be pure gift- coming from the Father of light. We who are made in the image of God, being formed in the likeness of Christ, and empowered by the Spirit of God find our happiness not in having but in handing over. It is more blessed to give than to receive is not a commandment; it is a statement about living an abundant life. The way we find true blessing and happiness is in gratitude and generosity. Giving can take many forms, but in the church we depend on the offer of each person to “hand over” talents, time and treasure in proportion to what he or she has received. Each week we hear the words, Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God. Each week we pray to be like Jesus- giving all of our selves as He gave all of his own self.

A pledge of commitment to God through St. Stephen’s is made by filling out a card each year. We base our ministry and mission around the commitments made. We are also blessed with the generous giving of those unable or not yet willing to sign a commitment. By the grace of God and the giving of the┬áchurch God’s work is done.