FAMILY FAITH AT HOME 10/1/17

by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

 

For the week of October 1st – During the month of October, your family is invited to focus on the virtue of stewardship and to reflect on the various aspects of what it means to be a good steward of God’s creation.  Find a time this week to gather as a family, say a prayer, listen to or read a prompt, respond as a family to what you have heard and then act on the suggestion for the week.

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October Virtue         STEWARDSHIP: taking care of what you have because it all belongs to God.

What is a virtue?     A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.

GATHER                      together in prayer

LISTEN                         through scripture; readings; stories; music; videos

RESPOND                   to what you have heard

ACT                                in service to what God is calling you to

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GATHER              

Gather together as a family and pray the stewardship prayer:

Stewardship Prayer

Lord, how can we remember all your creation in this offering?

You have given us time and the seasons.

You have given us families and friends.

You have given us our family of the Church.

Accept our offering of love.

You give us the wonder and marvel of summer, with the warmth and fun of faith.

You give us the colour and change of autumn, and cause us to see the need for change.

You give us the chill and rain of winter, with time for us to sit and think.

You give us the new life and growth of springtime, with the reminder of new life in Christ.

Creator God, Lord of the Universe,

Accept our gifts and our lives that the world and all people may praise your name.   Amen.

(Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand)  http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/for-ministers/worship-resources/special-services/stewardship/offertory-prayers

LISTEN

Watch this video which describes the October virtue of stewardship:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifM7CKiBEuk&feature=youtu.be

Have one person in your family read Psalm 24:1.   Link here:   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+24%3A1&version=NRSV

RESPOND

Psalm 24:1 reminds us that everything and everyone belongs to God. As a family talk about all the things that you think belong to you. This could be material things you have – like clothes and a house to live in.  It is also things you take for granted – like safe water to drink.  Once you’ve made a list of what you think belongs to you, figure out how those same things actually belong to God.

ACT

This week be aware of everything around you and ask God how you can do a better job of taking care of what you encounter each day.

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Food for Thought – Quotes about stewardship

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.  Psalm 24:1

A person may decide either to accept or reject Christ, but once he or she accepts Christ, it is not for that person to decide whether or not to be a steward, for one becomes a steward when one becomes a Christian.  Luther Powell

…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.   Wendell Berry