it is with a grateful heart

we lift this prayer to you.

We recognize you have blessed us
with all we have and all we are,

and in a spirit of gratitude

we thank you for the many gifts

you have given to us.

We thank you especially for the gift of

your Son, Jesus Christ.

In the same spirit of love and sacrifice

that He taught us by His own life and death,

we pray you open our hearts

so we may make our own offerings

of our time and our talents and our

treasure with that same spirit of love,

generosity and sacrifice.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen 

The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart – not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.
-2 Corinthians 9:6-7