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A Stewardship Prayer
Gracious God, giver of all we have and hold as stewards; grant us, the people of St. Boniface, a deep and abiding awareness that all things come from you – this earth, our health, our incomes, our jobs, our talents and our generous impulse. Send your Holy Spirit to help us as a parish and as individuals, consciously deepen our spiritual relationship with you. Through our relationship with you, abundance will flow. May we keep you in our hearts and minds as we move through this gift of today thoughtfully and joyfully.  In Jesus’ name, Amen
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We are stewards of ...
January ... Time
A whole new year ahead of us, with all its possibilities, celebrations and to-do’s.  Time seems to rush by, and we are called to be good stewards of this never-renewable resource.  Before penciling anything in, ask yourself:  Is this worthy of my time?  Is it in line with God’s purposes and my values?  Does it bring joy and lasting satisfaction?  As we fill this year’s calendar, let’s do it committing ourselves to spending the gift of time on those things of enduring value.  Then, we can look forward to a year filled with joy, balance and meaning. 
Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity... Eph. 5:15-16
February ... Relationships!
It’s easy to get pulled into the chocolates, flowers and hearts of Valentine’s Day.  So, what a good time for us to stop and reflect!  Who are the people close to our hearts all year long?  How can we tend those relationships?  Are there relationships that we need to pare from lives to leave room for healthier, more fulfilling ones?  As we send Valentine sentiments this month, let’s be sure we nurture sustaining relationships, mirroring God’s love.
We love because God first loved us.  1 John 4:19
March ... Gratitude!
One of the basic building blocks of stewardship is gratitude.  It costs nothing and replenishes itself.  We can devote a lifetime to chasing after what the Jones have that we don’t.  Or pursuing what Madison Avenue tells us we should have and we don’t.  We can judge our happiness by what’s missing – material goodies, opportunities, education, social status.  But, for this month in the midst of Lent, why not turn things around and focus on what we do have?  At the end of each day, reflect.  What joy, peace, beauty, blessings did we enjoy?  Maybe the best Lenten practice we can adopt is not one of giving up, but of taking on:  taking on an attitude of gratitude.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22
April ...The Resurrection!
Because we are people of the Risen Lord, we are heirs of hope, promise, everlasting life.  Of all God’s gifts to us, the good news of the Easter story tops the list.  As with all His gifts, God calls us to be stewards of this good news.  How well do we care for this primary gift?   How well do we cherish and share its message?  Do our lives proclaim the gospel, illustrating mercy, kindness and compassion?
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.  – John 13:35
May ... Abundance!
Do you see your glass as half-empty or half-full?  The world would have us latch onto the scarcity thinking that focuses us on what we are lacking and our limitations, in reaching out to a world so in need of care and compassion.  But the Spirit would have us celebrate the abundance in our lives, recognizing how we have been graced with all we need to accomplish amazing things.  The thinking of the world tells us that giving leaves us with less.  But the wisdom of the Spirit tells us that our giving is multiplied, yet it still leaves us with all we need.  Now, celebrating your abundance, how will you unleash it to accomplish amazing things around you?
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:10
June and July ... Health!
Of all that God has blessed us with, our bodies are sometimes most overlooked.  Knee or hip replacements aside, we get only one body this lifetime.  How good a job are we doing in taking care of them?  Are we eating healthful, nutritious foods?  Is exercise a part of our lifestyle?  Are we managing the stress in our lives by taking time for rest and rejuvenation?  Do we see our healthcare providers for regular checkups?  To care for others in our families and our community, we need to first care for ourselves!
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August ... The Sabbath!
The gift of the Sabbath is a treasure, indeed.  God even commands us to remember it.  How well do we steward this gift?  Sunday worship is an obvious way.  But do we also intentionally create spaces in our schedules throughout the rest of the week to escape the world’s worries and noise and reflect on God’s splendor and presence all around us, to marvel at His love for us, to be still and listen for His voice in our lives?  Our Creator knew we need time for rest and rejuvenation, time to replenish our bodies, minds and spirits and so gave us the Sabbath.  Sometimes we can best be stewards by not doing anything!
September ..Community!
God has given us each other, and we are designed to live in community.  This is especially so within our spiritual home.  Together, we meet with strength and support, diversity and growth to a greater degree than we would as individuals.  Even as we are safely-distanced and gathering online, you will find community at St. Boniface!  How can we appreciate and steward this gift?  Learn about and pray for the breadth of ministries at St. Boniface.  Find one that bolsters you, that lets you share your strengths with others.  Find one that helps you experience and express the beauty of God’s wide creation.  To paraphrase St. Paul, sing, pray, teach, study, share, come together.  By being good stewards of our community, we grow in grace. 
For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.  – Matthew 18:20
Autumn ...The Harvest! 
Whose thoughts don’t turn to images of the Fall harvest – rich with color, smell, and memories!  Few of us claim to be farmers, but from crops to creativity we all can claim bounty in one form or another.  There is joy in our sowing and tending coming to fruition.  But how much greater that joy is when we share our bounty and open ourselves to receive from others.  Stewardship begins when we look to all we have as a means of enriching the lives of others, and understanding that in doing so our lives are also enriched.
Last Published: November 12, 2020 6:28 PM