Archive for Stewardship

Vision

By : September 26, 2014

We have all heard it said that timing is everything. And when it comes to God’s timing, it’s perfect. In the Bible, the prophet Habakkuk understood that well. He speaks words of hope and inspiration to God’s people, amidst a period filled with daunting challenges. Despite the difficulties, Habakkuk sees God poised and ready to […]

The Vision Campaign

By : April 4, 2014

The prophet Habakkuk writes at a time when all seems lost in his generation. He complains to God because there is violence and corruption throughout his country of Judah. He is disillusioned as the good and righteous people have no power and authority while the evil rule over them and seem to triumph, and meanwhile […]

Vision and Sacrifice

By : March 20, 2014

We don’t like to sacrifice, we never do. But we do it all the time anyway mostly because of what is associated with it, or what is on the other side of it. That’s because sacrifice often brings reward. The most attractive sacrifice is about giving up something of smaller or lesser value for something […]

More Vision

By : March 15, 2014

Last week we kicked off our Vision Campaign. Vision is a new message series, but it is more than a message series too, it is a whole new season of life for our parish. We’re looking ahead to where God is blessing and where he wants us going. And as part of that process we’re […]

Christ the King & Stewardship

By : November 25, 2013

Every year we take one Sunday (and only one Sunday out of the whole year), to talk about giving to our local church. We talk about money regularly, because Jesus did. But we only talk about giving to this church once a year, we call it Stewardship Sunday. And it is all about remembering and […]

Stewardship

By : November 17, 2012

This weekend we are celebrating Stewardship Sunday all weekend long.  It is the one time of the year when we reflect on the financial stewardship of Church of the Nativity. We have been increasingly disciplined about this in recent years, eliminating fundraisers and other distractions from the giving God wants.  We talk about giving that […]

Make church Matter

By : November 20, 2011

People are leaving the Catholic Church in droves. It’s an exodus that’s beginning to look like a stampede. You already know this from your circle of family and friends, I do from mine. But more than our antidotal experience a simple staggering fact tells the story.  Currently one in three Catholics have walked away from […]

Worship Giving

By : November 14, 2011

We wrapped up our second message series of the season today.  It is always a little sad to come to the end of a series, and close the chapter. We called this series ‘Counterfeit gods” because we’ve been arguing that pagan worship is alive and well in our culture. Over the course of the series […]

Raising Givers

By : November 20, 2010

Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving we celebrate what we call “Stewardship Weekend.” It’s the one weekend of the year when we talk about giving here to this local church community.  We talk about money all the time, because Jesus did.  But we only talk about giving to Nativity once a year. We don’t […]

Money, Money, Money

By : November 8, 2010

We are in the 4th week of our series all about priorities.  Priorities always come down to time and money.  How we use our time and how we use our money tell the story about what our priorities are.  The past three weeks we’ve been talking about time, and giving some of our time to […]