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Stewardship Prayer

Often a complaint against churches is that they “only want your money.”

So I really appreciated the hand-out we received at mass last week. It was a tri-fold brochure asking us to reflect on stewardship … our use of our time, our talent and our treasure.

And it asked us to make a commitment of prayer.

That’s all … just prayer.

Here are some of the suggestions in the brochure that could be used to increase prayer, build us up (and others), and continue to build our relationship with God:

Private Prayer
Morning Prayer                                            Night Prayer
Periodic Daytime Prayer                          Litany
Scripture Reading                                        Novenas
Liturgy of the Hours                                   Daily Rosary
Read Sunday readings before mass      Adoration
Daily Spiritual reading

Public Prayer
Sunday mass                                                  Daily Mass
Family prayer                                               School Prayer
Grace before meals                                     Prayer group
Retreat participation                                 Pilgrimage

Intentions
The poor, sick & infirm                             Victims of abuse or human trafficking
Immigrants                                                    Prisoners
Christians around the world                   Church leaders
Clergy & religious                                        Vocations
Those who have fallen away                    Caretakers of  others
Engaged and married couples                Divorced and Single persons
Respect for human life                               Our nation and leaders

It also included this prayer, which I really loved:

Loving God,
I come to you in thanksgiving,
knowing that all I am and all that I have
are a gift from you.

I am listening, Lord God.
Speak your words into the depths of my
soul, that I may hear you clearly.

I offer to you this day all the facets of my
life, whether it be at home, at work,
or at school.

Help me to be patient, to be merciful,
to be generous and to be holy.

Give me the wisdom and insight to
understand your will for me
and the fervor to carry out my good
intentions.

I offer my gifts of time, talent and
possessions to you as a true act of faith,
to reflect my love for you
and my neighbor.

Amen.

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