For Stewardship

O Lord God Almighty,
you have built your Church on the foundation of the Apostles,
under Christ, the head corner-stone,
and to this end you blessed your holy apostle St. Barnabas
with the singular gift of the Holy Spirit;
leave me not destitute, I pray,
of your many gifts and talents,
nor of the grace to make a right use of them
always without any goals to serve self,
but to your honor and glory;
that making a due improvement of all those gifts
you graciously entrust me with,
I may be able to give a good account of my stewardship
when the great Judge will appear;
the Lord Jesus Christ,
who reigns with you and the Eternal Spirit,
one God, blessed forever. Amen.

Source: Attributed to Barnabas, Second Century, most likely from a liturgy commemorating Barnabas.

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953



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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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