Good and Gracious God,

We thank You for this gift of summer; of being able to pause, relax and enjoy the abundant gifts You have given us.

At this time of year, our thoughts may turn to vacations and outings. We may experience seashores, mountains or lakesides. We may enjoy fishing, swimming and barbecues.

But whatever our summer opportunities, we realize they are ultimately gifts from You and these gifts, Lord, are ultimately meant to be shared.

Show us the joys of generosity, keep us mindful of others and open our hearts to our parish, neighborhood and world. They need the generous spirit of good stewards.

As we enjoy the leisure that summer brings, we thank You for Your many gifts, and ask that You make us a gift to others as well.

In Jesus name we pray.