Diocesan Stewardship Prayer

God our Father, You are the source of life and every blessing.   All that we have comes from You.  Help us to walk in your ways as faithful disciples of Jesus.  As good stewards of your many blessings teach us to receive your gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them in justice and love with others, and return them with increase to You, our Father.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, who came that we might have life, and have it abundantly.

Amen.

Dropping Our Nets to Become Stewards

 

By Jane Rutter

Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving

Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri

You never know where life will take you, how one opportunity or one decision will change the course you are on and render obsolete the singular vision you have adopted as the path to fulfill your purpose. This is the way of Jesus.

When he says, “follow me”, he is offering us the chance of a lifetime.  Drop your nets - whatever it is that scoops you up and catches you in its clutches – and begin this great adventure of awakening the Spirit of God in those you meet.  Come walk the dusty roads, come knock on doors, come offer Light to all.


There is a stirring in our souls that yearns to be called, to be inspired, to throw out all the useless stuff we have gathered and time we have wasted and say “Yes” to Christ.  “Yes, I will come and follow you.  I am done possessing. I am finished with time.  Come and fill my anxious, tired heart. Let me give as you have.”

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Stewardship and The Eucharist

Experience of God is about extremes because it is an experience of infinity. God’s love for us knows no bounds. Its highest expression, in physical terms, was the cross. It is interesting that the only way God could show us the height of his love and of his glory was through one of the lowest, cruelest forms of capital punishment ever devised.

Meditation on the cross has always been central to Christian prayer. One can never exhaust its meaning. The cross is extreme. It demonstrates a divine life laid down for people whom Jesus called friends, not slaves. It was laid down freely, willingly, out of love, by a compassionate God in order to free humans from the trap of sin that they had set for themselves.  The crucifix is central to the liturgy. Every altar must have a crucifix. It can be placed on the altar, be the processional cross or be on the wall behind the altar. It serves as a reminder of what we are celebrating at the altar, the sacrificial death and resurrection that redeems us and calls us to everlasting life with God.  Created in God’s image, we are called to the same extremes of love. The spontaneous compassion we feel for suffering people around us is but a sign of that divine spark that ignites our hearts and motivates us to act. That is part of our human nature. However, our Christian faith impels us beyond that spontaneous human response toward a more divine one. 

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