Stewardship Prayers

Archbishop Carlson’s Stewardship Goal

Let us focus on generosity, or returning God’s gifts with increase,
through the generous sharing of our time, talent and treasure.”

Archbishop Robert Carlson has recommended that every week in every parish
a stewardship intention should be included in the “Prayers of the Faithful.”

To have the Prayers of the Faithful emailed to you before each quarter, email Dave Baranowski.

Spanish translation is available after the English version.

 

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL 

August 2018 thru September 2018

August 5, 2018

That we recognize the difference between what we need and what we want and trust that God has provided us with enough to share.

August 12, 2018

That we may find the strength and courage to make our own sacrifices to build up our Church.

August 19, 2018

That we make wise choices in how we live as God’s stewards and have the courage to turn away from foolish wants.

August 26, 2018

That we experience the Peace and Joy God wants for us in serving Him and others.

September 2, 2018

That we may not only hear God’s word, but also learn to live it every day of our lives.

September 9, 2018

That we may grow stronger in our faith, realizing that God does not measure us by what we possess but rather by what we do for one another.

September 16, 2018

Remembering that absolutely everything we have and everything we are is a gift from God.

September 23, 2018

That through our service and our sacrifice we may grow closer to Jesus and help others to know the love and care of Our Lord.

September 30, 2018

Remembering that we will be judged by what we do for the least among us, may we give generously and joyfully to support all those in need

 

ORACIONES DE LOS FIELES

Agosto de 2018 - Septiembre de 2018

5 de agosto de 2018

Para que reconozcamos la diferencia entre lo que necesitamos y lo que queremos y que confiemos en que Dios nos ha proporcionado lo suficiente para compartir.

12 de agosto de 2018

Para que podamos encontrar la fuerza y el valor para hacer nuestros propios sacrificios para construir nuestra Iglesia.

19 de agosto de 2018

Para que tomemos decisiones sabias sobre cómo vivimos como mayordomos de Dios y que tengamos el valor de alejarnos de las necesidades tontas.

26 de agosto de 2018

Que experimentemos la Paz y la Alegría que Dios quiere para nosotros al servirle a Él y a los demás.

2 de septiembre de 2018

Para que no solo escuchemos la palabra de Dios, sino que también aprendamos a vivirla todos los días de nuestras vidas.

9 de septiembre de 2018

Para que podamos fortalecernos en nuestra fe, dándonos cuenta de que Dios no nos mide por lo que poseemos, sino más bien por lo que hacemos los unos por los otros.

16 de septiembre de 2018

Para que recordemos que absolutamente todo lo que tenemos y todo lo que somos es un regalo de Dios.

23 de septiembre de 2018

Para que a través de nuestro servicio y nuestro sacrificio podamos acercarnos más a Jesús y ayudar a otros a conocer el amor y el cuidado de Nuestro Señor.

30 de septiembre de 2018

Para que recordemos que seremos juzgados por lo que hagamos por los que menos tienen entre nosotros, que demos generosa y alegremente para apoyar a todos los necesitados.


These prayers can be used for parish meetings or other occasions when a prayer is needed.
 

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Daily Stewardship Reflections

Lord, what do You want me to do with all the gifts you have given me – including my time, my talents and my material things?

Lord, how would You like me to become more fully involved in the life of Your Church?

Lord, how would you like me to be more generous with all the gifts You have given me?

Lord, what do You want me to do with all the gifts You have given me?



LIVE IN MY LIFE

Lord,
I invite you to live in my life today.
Here is my face – Smile through it.
Here is my mouth – Speak to someone with it.
Here are my ears – Listen to someone with them.
Here is my heart – Love someone with it.
Here are my hands – Touch someone with them.
Here are my arms – Hug someone with them.
Here are my feet – Walk with them this day.
Amen

 

STEWARDSHIP PRAYER

Loving God, I come to you in thanksgiving, knowing that all I am and all that I have is gift
from you. In faith and love, help me to do your will.


I am listening, Lord God. Speak your words into the depth 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 – to be patient, to be merciful, to be generous, 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. 


Help me to reach out to others as you my God have reached out to me.

 

A STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

 “The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it.” - Genesis 2:15
All:
 Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

“For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them…” - Romans 12:4-6
All:
 Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

“This is what the Lord then said to Moses: ‘Tell the Israelites to take up a collection for me. From every man you shall accept the contribution that his heart prompts him to give to me.’” - Exodus 25:1-2
All:
 Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” - Luke 12:48
All:
 Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.

“Give and gifts will be given to you: a good measure, packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” - Luke 6:38
All:
 Lord, help me to do all that you ask, in the way that you ask, for as long as you ask, simply because you have asked it of me.
 

STEWARDSHIP PRAYER

O Lord, giver of life and source of freedom, I know that all I have received is from your hand.
Gracious and Loving Father, You call us to be stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of all
You have entrusted to us. Help us to always use Your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously.
Send the Holy Spirit to work through us, bringing Your message to those we serve.
May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. We pray with grateful hearts, in Jesus’ name.

Amen

 

A LITANY OF GENEROSITY

Dear Lord, We come before you today to ask you to help us be more generous.

We pray:

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may fully appreciate all your many gifts to us.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may give without counting the cost.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may share without expecting something in return.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may know the joy that comes from helping others.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may share all that you have given us.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may hold all our treasures in an open hand.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may recognize the many blessings in each new day.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may learn the difference between what we need and what we want.

ALL: Gracious God, give us generous hearts…

Leader: ...so we may ever thank you and serve you.

Leader: Lord, we ask all of this, knowing that you will always give us all that we need. Please bless the work we do for you today and always.

ALL: Amen

 

A STEWARDSHIP OPENING PRAYER

By: Rev. Msgr. Ted L. Wojcicki, Vicar of Pastoral Planning
Originally written for the 1999 St. Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Evening

Lord, God,

You are the source of all creation.

You are the source of all goodness.

You are the source of love.

You are the source of all good gifts.

You are the source of the gift of life itself.

Lord of Life,

We thank you for the gift of life.

We thank you for all our blessings and talents.

We thank you for all good gifts.

Lord, God, we thank you for the abundance of time, talent, and treasure you have bestowed on the people of God of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

We ask you to help us "Be Responsible Stewards of Your Gifts to Us."

We ask you to bless us with the courage, generosity, and selflessness to help us multiply these gifts among us for the glory of your name.

Let us be not afraid, let us not bury our gifts.

Let us recognize and name these gifts in ourselves and in one another.

Lord Jesus, you have challenged us with your holy words in Sacred Scripture:

  • That the one who "seeks to save his life will lose it;"
  • That the one who "loses his life for your sake will save it for all eternity;"
  • That the "greatest among us is the one who serves the rest;"
  • That it is "harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle;"
  • That our "true treasure is in heaven."

Lord, give us the strength and the faith to respond to your challenging words.

Lord, you have given us also generous promises:

  • That you treasure greatly the sacrificial spirit of the widow’s mite;
  • That you will reward with hundredfold harvest those who sow in the rich soil of faith;
  • That you will not be outdone in generosity;
  • That you will not give us burdens that we cannot bear.

We thank you, above all, for the joy-filled gift of faith and the inspirational witness of generous saints of ages past.

We ask Lord for your blessing upon our Holy Father, Archbishop Rigali, his auxiliary bishops, all diocesan leaders, pastors, parish priests and parish leaders.

Bless our time together this evening.

This we pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen