Why We Give

The Spiritual Discipline of Giving

Giving to the church is critical to growing those vibrant parochial and diocesan ministries that equip each of us for carrying out God’s mission. Regular and generous contributions are a practical necessity for every healthy community of faith. But giving, first and foremost, is a spiritual discipline for the giver. It is an essential element of how we learn to give ourselves completely to God, which is of course the goal of our faith journey.

Just like the disciplines of prayer, service, study, and corporate worship, the discipline of giving exercises the spirit in specific ways, awakening our awareness of what God is doing in us individually and in the world, and developing our response to the divine will. Prayer merges our hearts with the heart of God. Service incarnates us as God’s hands and arms. Study deepens the understanding of our own role in God’s saving history. Worship knits us together with all of creation in reflecting back to God the same love that God has for us. And giving helps us surrender ourselves to God with the same generous abandon with which Jesus surrendered himself so that we might be both safe and saved.

Giving is a spiritual discipline. Like all disciplines, it changes us. As habitual behavior, it both forms and transforms us. It connects us in a tangible and ongoing way with Jesus’s discipline of self-giving, emptying ourselves as he emptied himself, making us more fully the body of Christ, participating in God’s mission in our own way. When we practice giving as a spiritual discipline, equally as essential to our Christian vocation as are prayer, service, study, and worship, it will inform and inspire our continuing conversion and lead us more fully into the image of Christ.

Adapted from writings of The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., Bishop of Ohio

Each and every gift that we give to support God’s work at St. Luke’s enables this church to carry out God’s work in this world. Everything we do and every expense we incur—every power bill, every paycheck, every order of coffee, every purchase of sheet music—helps us share God’s love with each other and with the world. No matter what ministries you take part in, your stewardship is a participation in the life and work of St. Luke’s.

“Using the gifts God gives us to do the work God calls us to do”.

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