Stewardship is caring for something that does not belong to us. All that we have comes from
God. The Psalmist proclaims, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1).
Jesus’ ministry demonstrates the abundance and generosity of God. Scarcity is not inherent
in God’s creation. Rather, scarcity is caused by a lack of sharing. Our calling as children of
God is to ensure that all that we have received so generously from God is freely shared.
At St. Barnabas, we set aside three weeks in the fall each year for a Stewardship Initiative
where we invite all parishioners to prayerfully consider the commitment each one is prepared
to make towards sharing their own gifts of talent, time and money in the many ministries of St.
Barnabas Church for the coming year. Each Sunday during this period, Living Witnesses are
invited to share the stories of their faith journey and what the faith community of St. Barnabas
means to them. Our annual Stewardship Initiative culminates with a luncheon and fellowship
on All Saints Sunday, the first Sunday in November, when we celebrate the lives of each of us
as saints of the church, past and present, and give thanks to God for all that we have.