The week of October 22nd – 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.
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
Have one person in your family read Mark 12:41-44.
This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark12%3A41-44&version=NRSV
Watch this YouTube video of children explaining the scripture you just read: https://youtu.be/l15yrFU6dXY
What do you think this Bible story is trying to teach us about giving generously – not just to the church but to the world? And not just money, but whatever we have an abundance of? As a family, make a list of things your family has an abundance of. Then brainstorm ideas about how you can be generous with what you have.
Choose one item from your list and find a way to share it with others this week.
Food for Thought – Quotes about abundance
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little. Franklin D. Roosevelt
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. The Buddha
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. Khalil Gibran
The abundance of life is unlimited – it expands with the generosity, compassion, inventiveness, and service that you contribute. Jonathan Lockwood Huie