As Christians, we recognize that our gifts of talents and skills are meant to be cultivated and shared with others, beginning with our family and friends, with those whom we gather to share the Eucharist, and with the world. The gift of ourselves blesses the particular community of Christians we are involved with and blesses those whom our parish hopes to touch.
Christ has called us to use our gifts “to love and serve the Lord” — to be sent forth. Sharing our God-given gifts by actively participating in the life of our parish communion is an expression of stewardship. Christians contribute their talents in whatever way they can. A commitment to stewardship motivates us to use our gifts to serve our community of faith. If we are going to love and serve God’s people and thus God, a particular place and specific group of people help assure us that such service is real and responsible.