As followers of Jesus, we acknowledge that God gave us everything we have including the ultimate gift of God’s son. In turn, we have much to be thankful for and, as good stewards, much to care for and give back. Stewardship is more than church support, although that is certainly important. Stewardship is a way of life that touches on all aspects of our lives: our time, our talent, our treasure and so much more. It begins with our response to Jesus’ call – “come follow me.” When we do that, we are inspired to lead grateful and generous lives.
Early in Christian history, when the followers of Jesus were persecuted for their beliefs, they adopted symbols to secretly identify themselves. One of the most common was a picture of a fish as is seen in our stewardship logo. The Greek word for fish is ICHTHUS, and the individual letters of this word stand for the Greek words, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.” When meeting, one person would draw an arc in the sand, and if the other person was a follower of Jesus, they would draw another arc to complete the symbol of the fish.
There are a number of images you can see in the stewardship logo, and it can be interpreted many ways. For instance the “o” and the fish could be the loaves and the fishes, from the miraculous story of faith and abundance in the Gospel, where 5,000 people were fed from 5 loaves and 2 fish, around the time of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The “o” could also be interpreted as an ocean or body of water with a fish being drawn out of it. A number of Jesus’ apostles were fisherman and were encouraged to be fishers of men and women, inviting others to be followers of Jesus.
No matter how you interpret the logo – stewardship as a way of life is central to it.
For more information contact:
Stewardship Development Officer
613-232-7124 x 225