FAMILY FAITH AT HOME 10/29/17

by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of October 29th – 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

Have one person in your family read Acts 4:32-35.

This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+4%3A32-35+&version=NRSV

Watch this YouTube video: Stewardship (The Water Parable) via this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joiSgXzP-ik

RESPOND           

We live in a world that insists that everything we have is ours.  As Christians, we believe that everything we have comes from God.  Which is true for you and your family?  Think more deeply about what God is calling your family to do with your time, talent and possessions.  How can you use what you have to care for the world around you in a way that honors God?

ACT                       

As a family, write your definition of what a steward is and what a steward’s responsibilities are.  Then decide together what you and your family can do to be better stewards for God.  Make a commitment to do something each month to live more deeply into the virtue of stewardship.

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Food for Thought – Quotes about stewardship

Just because you can’t act EVERYWHERE doesn’t mean you don’t act ANYWHERE.  Madeleine Albright

How different our standard is from Christ’s. We ask how much a man gives. Christ asks how much he keeps.  Andrew Murray

Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?  John Welsey

One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give and so fail to realize your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.  C.S. Lewis