Isaiah 40:27-31 and 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Suggested scripture readings are from Brian McLaren's alternative lectionary in his book We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library).
Ask, Thank, Tell by Charles Lane (reference and public library) was a book a number of my colleagues used in their churches a few years back. Check it out for my stewardship discusions. I was always curious about it so here we are now. And for the insights on containers, see this little book of powerful devotions by Richard Rohr called Preparing for Christmas with Richard Rohr: daily reflections for Advent (reference and public library). Not the season but if the shoe fits...