Offertory Prayers

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.

 

June 10, 2018 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

We give thanks to you, O God. We are thankful for your steadfast love. Worship is a time to offer praise and glory to you. We praise you by singing; we praise you through prayer; we praise you in service. This offering is a worshipful moment of praise – an intentional opportunity to practice hospitable generosity. We pray that these gifts may help our church fulfill its purpose. Even more, we pray that you invite us to use our talents in humble ways to help our church fulfill its purpose. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Psalm 138

 

June 17, 2018 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Heavenly Father, you have offered us such abundance. We are so very blessed. Yet, we often think that we have so little. Some of us may even feel as though our gift is too small. Thank you for reminding us that even our mustard seed-sized gift may grow beyond our individual possibility. So, today we place before you all amounts of gifts – some quarters from children, some $1 bills from adults, some larger bills and checks – knowing that you transform our scarcity into your abundance. Thanks be to God. Amen. Mark 4:26-34

 

June 24, 2018 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Abundant One, we offer you these gifts in gratitude for your steadfast guidance in our lives. We pray that these resources will provide ministries to the suffering, food to the hungry, hope to the poor, a spiritual presence to the needy. In the name of the one who suffered for our sake, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen. Psalm 9:9-20

 

July 1, 2018 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Nurturing God, each day we witness untold miracles that are a testament of your love. Some spectacular miracles reverently remind us of Jesus’ healing miracles. Other everyday miracles are quiet and soft like a gentle mother’s whisper filled with beauty and wonder. We prayerfully ask that these gifts be used to reach those needing to experience the miracle of your love. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen. Mark 5:21-43

 

July 8, 2018 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Powerful God, multiply these gifts so that our faith community is empowered to minister to the needs of your children. Often our ministry is focused on global outreach and mission needs. However, in today’s Gospel reading, you remind us to be minister to our family, friends, and one another. We are secure in knowing that by serving our brothers and sisters locally and globally, we serve you faithfully. Accept these gifts, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Mark 6:1-13

 

July 15, 2018 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Blessed One, you offer a redemptive inheritance sometimes beyond our imagination. You graciously bestow each of us with your wisdom, grace, forgiveness, and love. Joyously, we share these tithes and offerings. As you call us to give, you remind us to place our hopes and dreams in your love and grace. Thank you, God, for giving us your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. We pray in His name. Amen. Ephesians 1:3-14

 

July 22, 2018 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Glorious God, we like to practice random acts of kindness. Your Word even confirms that we further your kingdom when we show kindness and compassion to another person. We pray that Jesus’ life and teaching may be our example for sharing intentionally our talents, prayers, time, and offerings. We humbly give this offering as an expression of our faith. Amen. Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

 

July 29, 2018 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Awesome God, Jesus fed thousands of people with seemingly little effort. Yet, we have grave difficulty feeding children in our own country -- let alone the entire world. Even while we are praying this prayer, someone has died from starvation and the lack of food. When we share resources with care-giving ministries, your hand is upon our shoulders, just like it was upon Jesus’ shoulders the day he fed his followers. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to change lives by becoming generous caregivers of the resources that you first gave to us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. John 6:1-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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