The offering provides a weekly opportunity to connect our faith commitment with our financial habits. These lectionary-based offertory prayers seek to encourage generous giving as a spiritual discipline. The prayers may be printed in the church bulletin as a congregational response or prayed verbally by the worship leader.
January 22, 2017 – Third Sunday after Epiphany
Great God of Heaven and Earth, you call us to leave behind our preoccupations and to follow you into the future. Sometimes we find your call challenging. We are comfortable, maybe even complacent, in our present. May this act of giving be a gesture of our willingness to follow where you lead. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Matthew 4:12-23
January 29, 2017 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Blessed One, we discover such a contrast to our present culture when we read the Beatitudes. We rejoice that these generous gifts will strengthen this congregation’s ability to engage in ministries of peace, mercy, comfort, and truth. We dedicate them to you in gratitude for your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. Matthew 5:1-12
February 5, 2017 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
O God, there are many things we do not understand. We do not understand the emptiness of accumulation nor our desire to acquire more. Our desire to live this year more fully and faithfully is even a mystery . . . but it is real. Our gifts today are symbols of our hope and inner yearnings. Receive them and transform them by the mysterious power of your love. Amen.
February 12, 2017 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Evidence of your love is all around us — but we are often blind to it. Most of us spend more time ignoring you than doubting you. By placing money in the offering this day, we declare our trust in your goodness. Our giving is a way we announce to ourselves and to the world that ultimate importance is not in our scheming, but in your purposes. Receive these gifts as our way of applauding your power and love. Amen.
February 19, 2017 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
We acknowledge, O God, your call involves more than fancy words and theological concepts. Your call involves our lives and the "daily-ness" of living. Even the evidence of our pocketbooks, billfolds, and credit card statements describes our priorities. We give both to make a difference in the world and to remind ourselves about our priorities. Accept these gifts as our commitment to put first things first. In Jesus' name, Amen.
February 26, 2017 – Transfiguration Sunday
Majestic Lord, transfigure our simple gifts in a way that will inspire all people to proclaim your everlasting message of love. Strip away our biased convictions so that through our selfless giving we can gaze clearly on your vision for our lives. In the name of your Son, the Beloved One, we pray. Amen. Matthew 17:1-9
March 1, 2017 – Ash Wednesday
Merciful God, restore in us the joy of your salvation. Free us from all apprehensions and sustain in us a willing spirit to offer these gifts for your glory and purpose. We pray that we give humbly and reverently as we begin this Lenten journey. May our giving truly be a declaration of praise to you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Psalm 51:1-17
March 5, 2017 – First Sunday in Lent
Blessed Father, daily you reveal the glory and splendor of your kingdom. By concentrating our gifts on buying convenience and familiarity, we diminish your offer of abundant grace. Enable us through this offering to focus on your way and not on the temptations of this world. We pray humbly in your Spirit. Amen. Matthew 4:1-11
March 12, 2017 – Second Sunday in Lent
Creator God, you cradle us with your sanctifying spirit. In sharing these gifts, change our timid murmurs of faith to joyful proclamations of your holy will. We believe and pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
March 19, 2017 – Third Sunday in Lent
O God, our gifts are so minute in comparison to your bounty. Transform our simple offering into ministries that quench parched lives with the water of eternal life. Nurture our need to share your water and your spirit through the gifts that you have given us so freely. In the name of the One who is the Messiah, we pray. Amen. John 4:5-42
March 26, 2017 – Fourth Sunday in Lent
Gracious Lord, as followers who are blinded by your wondrous light, we seek to be amplified beacons of your astonishing light to others. Help us to reflect your love by listening to your call and to your will for our lives. In gratitude, we dedicate these gifts in the name of the one who lived, died, and rose for our sake, Jesus Christ. Amen. John 9:1-41