This Sunday is Earth Stewardship Sunday. The usual reaction to this announcement is, “Oh no. The tree-huggers are going haywire today.” And to a degree, the accusation is accurate. Some can go overboard in trying to preserve every last thing on Earth. In reality, trying to preserve everything is just as mistaken as trying to waste everything.
Earth Stewardship Sunday should be about one thing: Good Stewardship. God has given us a bounteous gift - a whole universe for us to use. But… we need to use it wisely. Don’t waste it, but use it nonetheless. Good Stewardship is about using what God has given to its fullest while ensuring it’s available for the person who follows. For example, take this church building. Use it, but make sure it’s maintained so that someone else can use it. But more importantly, make sure the building is fully used so space isn’t wasted. This is where many congregations trip up. They’re fully committed to having the building and maintaining it, but by golly, no one else can use it! When that happens, a clear message is sent: this church is not a good steward. And that’s a bad image to have.
As the church moves forward into its future, how can this building be fully utilized? Countryside has a beautiful building and it’s a waste of resources to let it sit empty. What can the church do to be a better steward?
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!