The Anglican Parish of Johnsonville

St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu

Being stewards – week 1

seed-sproutThis week we start a four week focus on stewardship.  The purpose of this period is to build a sense of excitement and belonging in the parish, encourage people to consider what talents and time they can offer and build up our regular giving.  The money is important, as we need to increase our income if we want to move out of maintenance mode and start taking on some of the opportunities and challenges of ministry and outreach.

To consider this week:

  • reread the gospel (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52) and think about what small seeds you can plant that could grow to something bigger
  • go back to the reading from Romans 8:26-39 and think about what comforts or challenges you in this reading
  • re-read Alistair’s first sermon on stewardship from last year
  • pray the following prayer.

 Creator and architect of the universe! You made all of creation and entrusted us, your children, to be stewards of your goodness and your mysteries. We, in turn, see suffering and injustice, so many problems caused by human selfishness and indifference, and we say to ourselves, “What can we do?” Then you remind us that whatever terrible thing comes our way, in Christ we are more than conquerors. As we give our tithes and offerings, let us give in that conviction: not with hands clenched tight around our possessions, but with hands open. “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!” In His Holy name, we pray. (Romans 8:26-39)



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