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Summer Stewardship "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing…" Hebrews 10:25

The old song goes "Summer time and livin’ is easy." Warm weather, vacations, no school, golf, tennis, fishing, hiking, swimming, relaxing, less hectic schedules … all seem to define summer time.

Thankfully our Lord never takes a vacation from blessing us with his abundant love, gracious gifts, and providential care. The Psalmist writes about our Heavenly Father, "He who watches over Israel will neither slum-ber or sleep. The Lord watches over you ... the Lord is your shade at your right hand." (Psalm 121:4-5). The Lord’s care is ongoing. God never tires of caring for us.

Summer presents God’s people with numerous opportunities to be good stewards of his manifold gifts. We care for the wonderful world God has given us when we are outdoors. We treasure the important relationships we enjoy as we spend time with loved ones. Also, we use wisely the material blessings he gives us.

There is great temptation during the summer months to neglect the most precious of all our Lord’s gifts, His holy Word and Sacraments offered in worship. As many other responsibilities are taken more lightly in the relaxed atmosphere of summer living, so, too, are we tempted to take lightly the spiritual aspect of our lives. Vacation plans and recreational activities often replace worship. And we diminish in the stewardship of our Christian faith by letting worldly things take precedence over God in our lives.

In response to our Lord for his grace and mercy, may we place him first in all our summer plans and activities, allowing adequate time for worship, Bible reading, meditation, and prayer. May we be good stewards of God’s rich blessings. May we all continue to support the mission and ministries of our church with our regular tithes and offerings given from thankful hearts, even when we are away from home.

Blessings on your stewardship journey! Your Stewardship Committee

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