Theology of Giving Series
For the past five weeks, we have started a journey that will last for one year. Next year at this time we will be reflecting on our efforts to inspire change in your charitable giving. We realize that fundamental change takes time. For the next year we hope you will join your fellow Parishioners in opening your minds and your hearts to all of the wisdom of God’s message to His children.
Attached to this website is a pledge form that you may fill out of you have not already done so. Please only fill it out and resubmit to us if the amount you have decided to give for this year has changed. Otherwise we will consider your pledge from last year to be the current amount you plan to donate this year. Remember the easiest and fastest way to donate is to go to our member portal website at:
https://www.peterpaulpotomac.org/member-portal.html. Instructions for how to use the portal are on the website, or you can stop by the Stewardship table after Church the second Sunday of every month to find out more.
For each of the next 47 weeks, we will print in our Church bulletin a scriptural passage that speaks to the manner in which God expects us to give. By reading and thinking about these passages, we hope all of us will become convinced that we not only need to give more of our time, talents, and resources to the Church, but we need to make these offerings with a new spirit.
Can two apparently contradictory ideas both be true? Sometimes this can be the case. On the one hand, it is true that the Church of God flourishes when its members are giving generously and cheerfully of their time, talents, and resources. In this sense, the Church needs what we have to offer. It is equally true that we need to offer these gifts to God in thanksgiving for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. The Church does not need our offering as much as we need to make this offering as part of the cycle of our spiritual lives. Just as we attend liturgy, say our prayers regularly, and participate in the sacraments of the Church, we need to give in a manner consistent with God’s teachings.
Does tithing to the Church help the Church? Our Parish has over 500 family and individual members. If each gave ten percent of their income, our community would generate an annual totaling more than $500,000. What good work could the Church and our Archdiocese undertake with these kinds of financial resources? God only knows!
A passage from Luke 8: 14-15 gives us one more scriptural message to consider as we prepare to embark on this year-long journey.
“Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”
Together we can continue to do God’s work here at our Church and our efforts will rise to levels we never imagined. Putting our faith in God must be accompanied by a desire to know God’s teachings and to then be committed to follow and practice those guidelines. So we come back to “the first fruits” and to the fact that when seeds fall on good ground, God’s mission is fulfilled. For the next forty-seven weeks, remember these questions as you read each week’s passage. “What does this message from God require from me, His loyal and obedient servant?” What must I change in my life to be able to follow this teaching in both word and in deed?”
God bless you and we look forward to taking this journey together. May God be with us!
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