Stewardship Sunday Resources
the Widow's Mite (Luke 21) and the Early Church's sharing (Acts 4)

Call to Worship (people's response in bold)
based on Starhawk quote

We are all longing to go home
to some place we have never been
a place half-remembered and half-envisioned
we can only catch glimpses of from time to time.
Community.

Gather us in, Holy One,
show us the way home.

Somewhere, there are people
to whom we can speak with passion
without having the words catch in our throats.
Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us,
eyes will light up as we enter,
voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.

Gather us in, Compassionate Christ,
help us to see safety and hear welcome.

Community means strength that joins our strength
to do the work that needs to be done.
Arms to hold us when we falter.
A circle of healing. A circle of friends.
Someplace where we can be free.

Gather us in, Sustaining Spirit,
enable us to open our arms extend the circle.

Scripture Litany (people's response in bold) Luke 21 and Acts 4

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury;

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.

Gather us in, Holy One,
show us the way home.

and Jesus saw a poor widow put in two copper coins.

There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.

Gather us in, Compassionate Christ,
help us to see safety and hear welcome.

Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had."

They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Gather us in, Sustaining Spirit,
enable us to open our arms extend the circle.