Sunday, Oct. 18, marked the start of that period of our church year in which we have the opportunity to demonstrate the many ways we can be grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God.
Here is a sermon for Stewardship Sunday by the Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey.
The Episcopal Church defines stewardship as: What I do, with all that I have, after I say, "I believe," and using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do.
Christian stewardship is grateful and responsible use of God's gifts in the light of God's purpose as revealed in Jesus Christ. Christian stewards, empowered by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves to conscious, purposeful decisions.