In his classic work on stewardship Helge Brattgard said that "it is only as the Spirit of God, working through Word and Sacrament, leads [people] to be grateful for spiritual and material gifts received, and to see their responsibility for the administration of these gifts, that congregational life can result."1 Unfortunately, after making this wonderful assertion, he like most other writers on stewardship remained surprisingly silent about how liturgical action a~d the broader life of the Christian shape one another.
Smith, Ralph F., "The Way of the Gift" (1989). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. Paper 45.