During our Stewardship and Finance meeting this morning, the task of completing the goal-setting form for M&S resulted in a discussion about Mission and Service and communication.  To me, stewardship is part of exercising our freedom from slavery.  One common form of slavery is to our possessions.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.”  Being a slave to money steals life and chokes relationships.  When we choose to give away part of what we have which is not essential to living, we demonstrate our freedom from our wealth to do what we wish.

For those who want to contribute to making the kingdom of God real for others in this world, who wish to follow Jesus, the Mission and Service Fund provides a way to help people across Canada and around the world.  From helping street people in our cities to supporting ministry on remote reserves and from education resources for church programs to supporting agricultural projects in rural African communities, the Mission and Service Fund makes a difference in people’s lives every day.

M&S supported funds provided $16,000 to St. Andrew’s Regional Ministries for Calgary Queer Church, and $26,300 to Campus Ministries.   The website includes this story about a project in Bethlehem.

Wi’am, a Mission & Service partner, works with all sectors of Palestinian society, Christian and Muslim, women and men, from schoolchildren to the elderly, addressing issues such as domestic violence, economic empowerment, peer relationships, and living under occupation.”

As we consider our spending priorities, my hope is that enough will choose M&S this year to help us reach our goal of $30,000 for M&S from St. Andrew’s members and friends this year.