Welcome to Generosity and Stewardship

Here you will find postings that grapple with our all-too-human attachment to material goods.

Stewardship Skits – Make ’em Laugh!

Here I am playing “Edythe,” the chair of the parish Budget Committee. I’m reacting with surprise and delight when my Guardian Angel (played by parishioner Mary Davies) shows up for the first committee meeting.

Here I am playing “Edythe,” the chair of the parish Budget Committee. I’m reacting with surprise
and delight when my Guardian Angel (played by parishioner Mary Davies) shows up for the first committee meeting.

This post contains three sets of original stewardship skits designed to inspire, inform, and make people laugh. Each set includes three skits that take about five minutes each. You can download the skits for use in your faith community. They are a gift from the Courtyard to you.

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How Many Pairs of Black Pants Do I Really Need?

When Salvation Comes

or

Just exactly how many pairs of black pants do I really need?

a homily by Margaret D. McGee

In this morning’s reading from Isaiah, the LORD, the Holy One, speaks to the people of Zion, in words that convey some frustration. Words, in fact, that give the sense of a God who is fed up to the teeth with these people, and with their acts of worship.

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving for All Creation

Written by Bill Dengler, these responsive prayers are appropriate for Thanksgiving Day,  Stewardship in-gatherings, Creation Care Sunday, and Earth Day celebrations.

 

We offer thanks, O God, for all the wonders of your creation,

 

Haiku_Moon_Resized_BBthe planets, stars, and all that moves through the infinite expanse of space [Read more…]

The Comfort of Old Flannel

The two old sleeping bags were rolled up at the back of an upper closet shelf in the bedroom for most of the time David and I lived in our current house, which is more than 16 years now.

Covered in faded green ducking, each bag had an extra flap of the tightly-woven material at the head. The flap, wrapped all the way around the roll, was secured by green cotton cords sewn into the hem and tied in bows. [Read more…]