"How do we know what God expects of us if we are not in close communication with Him through prayer?" — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson
As Archbishop Carlson points out, we cannot understand what our Lord is asking of us with regard to any aspect of our lives unless we communicate with Him through prayer. It is with that focus that the Stewardship Prayer Book was developed for St. Joseph's parish. Let us together respond as His disciples asking, "What shall I do, Lord?" (Acts 22:10)
Our easy-to-use prayer book is a collection of scripture and prayer. We invite you to journey with us in thanking God for His blessings and striving to make stewardship a way of life. As we focus on one of the prayers each month throughout the year, we ask that our hearts and minds be filled with His truth and His spirit. We also ask our Lord that He bond us together into a strong community of faith and a parish family that is always willing to serve Him!
Please join us here for the Stewardship Prayer-of-the-Month extracted from the prayer book.
You can also download the complete prayer book in PDF form for your personal reference.
"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
Giver of life and source of our freedom, we know that it is from Your hand that we have received all we have, and are, and will be.
We know that you have placed us in this time and place to be part of Your precious mystical body here on earth.
Grant that we may be helpful and healthy members of that body and stewards of the gifts you have provided so that we can serve as a vital part of that body of Christ, our Church.
Gracious and loving God, we understand that You call us to be the stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of all You have entrusted to us.
Help us always to use Your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously.
May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Christ in our lives.
We pray with grateful hearts, in Jesus' name.