O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer page 259
Two Simple Definitions of Stewardship
1) What I do, with all that I am and all that I have, after I say, “I believe.”
2) Using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do.
Stewardship is using the gifts of time, talent and treasure that God has given us to do the work God calls us to do.
There is only so much money. When the amount you are willing to pull out of your pocket increases and is joined with an increasing amount offered up by hundreds of others suddenly you’re talking about real money- enough to run a church and to fuel major missions.