Churches are always asking for money, so I bet you want me to give mine, don’t you?
Not all of it, but yes, the parish depends on the tithing and sacrificial pledges of its parishioners to fulfill our mission and ministry. Meeting our budgeted goal ensures the priest and staff are compensated, the building and physical plant are maintained, and that the parish missions and ministries are adequately supported. The Church of the Holy Comforter needs your support.
These are all great reasons to give to Holy Comforter, but of course the main reason why we give is because we need to give. We should give, because our souls need us to give. We need to give, because if there is something that we love too much to give to God, then we love it too much and we need to give it away.
While the Church might need our money, God does not need it, yet we need to give. God offered us his most beloved, his own Son. We need to show him that there is nothing in our life that we’re not willing to offer back to him.
Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:
for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all…
All things come of thee, O LORD, and of thine own have we given thee.
1 Chron. xxix. 11, 14
How much should I give?
We ask you first to pray about your giving. Your giving should be out of your joy and loving, as St. Paul says “The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.” Tithing your income (i.e. giving 10%) is the Biblical standard, and it is expected of Christians to work towards this standard of giving. If you are unable to tithe, please give whatever you can. To begin to work towards the tithe, it’s important to first begin giving proportionately, so that your offering to God is not an arbitary amount, but a percentage or proportion of your income. Some Christians work towards the Biblical standard of giving by increasing their percentage by 1% or 2% each year. Remember, God allows you to be the steward of 90% of what comes from Him.
So rather than, "how much should I give?" I ought to ask myself, "how much should I withhold from God?" May God show us all the joy of sacrificial giving as Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35.