We all have a money story, whether we recognize it or not. Perhaps we are living from a story of fear or shame or guilt. Or a story that our actions won’t have an impact. Or a story that we don’t have enough. Where might God be speaking a new narrative into the limited ones we have told ourselves?
Often, to speak of money is to invite tension into the room. We so quickly want to avoid it. But we can re-frame this. Money and possessions are one of the most common topics in scripture, and Jesus talked about money more than faith and prayer. Our money story, therefore, is a spiritual story.
Here at UCUC, we are embarking on a Money Story in worship, in prayer group, and you are invited to join along as we study using our Stewardship Study Journal. You can pick up your copy of this Journal TUESDAY, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at church (see details below). Many of you will get a copy in the mail if you don’t pick it up. If you do not regularly get mail from UCUC and would like a copy, simply contact Catherine in the church office (858- 453-3444 or email@example.com) and she will be happy to send one out to you.
This stewardship season, we invite you to remember, release, re-imagine, and restore your money stories so that we can write the one God is begging us to live into.
This week,commit to getting the Stewardship Study Journal and carving out at least 5 minutes a day to read it, reflect upon it, and even begin to journal on your own Money Story.
Pray Giving and loving God, I am made of stories – stories of heartbreak and triumph, stories of love and tragedy, stories of families who belong and families who break, stories of loose ends and new beginnings. I have absorbed stories that live in me like an internal compass, and many that I do not wish to carry at all. But your story remains steadfast. I am loved. I am enough. There is enough for all. Enough. Enough. Enough. May this become my constant refrain. May I believe this is who I am. May I live trusting your holy design. Enough. Enough. Enough. Amen.
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