The week of October 15th – 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 each 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.
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
Gather together as a family and pray the 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
Watch this YouTube video: Stewardship of God’s Creations:
One way that we can be good stewards for God is to help take care of the natural world. What are some ways that you and your family are already being good stewards of the earth and its resources? What more could you do to take care of God’s creation?
Make a list of things you’re not already doing to take care of God’s creation. The pick one item from this list and try to do it this week.
Food for Thought – Quotes about care of the earth
That sense of sacredness, that thinking in generations, must begin with reverence for this earth. Paul Tsongas
Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American traditional proverb
If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either. Joseph Wood Krutch
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. Marshall McLuhan