Our Church. Our Spiritual Home
Home is safe and familiar. It is where we belong. Our Orthodox Christian Church is our spiritual home. It is a place of prayer, comfort, spiritual healing, and celebration. We are at home in the fragrance of incense, the sound of hymns and prayers, the physical touch of kneeling, bowing, and making the sign of the cross, and the taste of Holy Communion and antidoron (the blessed bread).
You may have been brought to the Orthodox Church on your 40th day, or the Orthodox Church may have been the destination of your spiritual journey. For both, the Church is a spiritual home to which we may always return. We are brothers and sisters in Christ – a family.
Church is not so much a place as it is what we are together. We are called to be the Body of Christ to witness to God in the world. When we truly become members of the Church, transfigured by our faith and worship, we become what the Church was intended to be. As Saint Paul writes to the Ephesians, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19)
We are stewards of the Gospel and of our parish. We see our church not as it is, but as it could be. We offer our treasure and ourselves sacrificially, so that as members of the Body of Christ, we may reach our full potential in Him.
Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.
The Bible encourages tithing as a guideline for giving. Tithing is when one cheerfully gives 10% of Gross Household Income for the love, glory, and support of His Church. Tithing should be every person’s ultimate goal based on Holy Scripture. If you cannot give 10% initially, start by challenging yourself to “round-up” your current pledge and increase your percentage each year thereafter. Here’s a simple worksheet to help you calculate how to round-up your current pledge.