Stewardship of Time
How do I choose to use the gift of time God gives me?
God invites us into a relationship with Him that is both personal and communal. Prayer cultivates a sustainable relationship with Christ. Prayer becomes much more effective and meaningful when it's tied to a part of daily life. Arrange your day around opportunities for prayer. In just a short time, prayer will become an integral component of your daily life. Please prayfully consider how God is calling you to use your Time, Talent and Treasure, and commit to those actions through filling out a 2018 Stewardship Renewal Commitment Card.
How do I pray?
Various forms of prayer are presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These various forms include prayer of blessing or adoration, prayer of petition, prayer of intercession, prayer of thanksgiving, and prayer of praise. If you are new to prayer, start with small steps. Pope Francis encourages Catholics to set aside 15 minutes every morning to pray.
- Spend 5 minutes praising God, thanking Him for the blessings you have in your life.
- Spend the next 5 minutes asking God for His help and blessings on those you love.
- Finally spend the last 5 minutes listening to Him. Read the daily scriptures found at usccb.org or on a Catholic phone app, such as iBreviary, Evangelizo, Magnificat or Divine Office, and be sure to listen to whatever God might be trying to tell you through those words.
For those with an already healthy prayer life, continue to find new ways to communicate with God. Stick to the "tried and true" methods of prayer - the types of prayer you are most comfortable with - but don't be afraid to venture into new territory. Practices such as Lectio Divina, Liturgy of the Hours, or praising God through song are beautiful opportunities to step outside of your "comfort zone" in prayer.
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2018 Stewardship Renewal Prayer
Gracious God, You are a God of hospitality; you invite all to come to you. You have invited all to your home, to your table, and to your arms. Lord, I pray that all would hear and accept this invitation and good news.
Lord, help us to remember that all are equal and welcome in Your Kingdom. Help us to then treat each other the way You treat all people. We give thanks that You are in our lives, working in us, and through us, to let people know Your Kingdom is open to all. In the name of Your Son, who is Lord, Amen.