2009 Stewardship Sunday: Invited to Live Generously

2008, 5 pp
These resources for worship are designed to assist you in planning for Stewardship Sunday. The resources are based on two of the Lectionary texts for the day and attempt to connect the theme of stewardship with the season of Epiphany.

In the season of Epiphany, we particularly reflect on the “aha!” moments of encounter with Jesus Christ, God With Us. This story is rooted in a long history of God inviting us into relationship. So there is already an “aha!” moment for Eli, in the text from the Hebrew Scriptures, that prompts him to encourage Samuel to respond directly to God’s call. The text in the Gospel of John includes several of these “aha!” moments through which generosity is expressed as Jesus expands his invitation to relationship.

We sometimes approach stewardship of our resources, both financial and otherwise, as obligations that we need to fulfill. Is it possible to transform that sense of obligation to an attitude of generosity? In worship we have the opportunity to encounter God and respond to Jesus’ invitation to “Come and see.” When we experience our own “aha!” moments with the Divine, we are bound to respond to God’s generosity to us with gratitude.

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