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.

 

January 21, 2018 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

God of Deliverance, we pause during this time of worship to return to you some of the monetary riches that you have given to us. While we wait in pensive silence, we are reminded to set our hearts and minds on your steadfast love. You alone are our rock, our fortress, and our salvation. We experience comforting solace in your refuge. Thanks be to God! Amen. Psalm 62:5-12

 

January 28, 2018 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Awesome God, you sent Jesus to teach people firsthand the power of your love, grace, and authority. Jesus washed away unclean spirits and performed countless other miracles so that even the faithless would experience your love. You call us to be mindful and vigilant of the extraordinary miracles that you continue to work in our lives today. May this offering undergird ministries that show others your miraculous love, grace, and authority. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Mark 1:21-28

 

February 4, 2018 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Living God, your love for us is so unfathomable. Open our ears to hear the cries of your neediest children. Open our eyes to see human injustice. Open our minds to think about compassion in all circumstances. Continue to increase our willingness to give so that we may lead lives fully focused on ministry to others. We place these offerings upon your altar in gratitude for your guidance and love. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Isaiah 40:21-31

 

February 11, 2018 – Transfiguration Sunday

Holy One, we seek your wisdom and guidance. Many people face growing economic uncertainty. The realities of the recession close in on our lives. We experience realities like job loss, deflated investment accounts, increased grocery prices, delayed retirement plans, and mounting debt. Lift us from the depth of self-pity and despair. Save us from overwhelming fear and anger. Free us from the bondage of money. We place this money upon your altar as a gesture of our trust in you. Despite challenging financial times, we give out of our love and gratitude for your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Mark 9:2-9

 

February 14, 2018 – Ash Wednesday

Father, we place an offering upon your altar. We offer our treasure...

...not to be seen, but to be serving
...not to be pious, but to be faithful
...not to be righteous, but to be humble
...not to be hypocritical, but to be obedient
...not to be receivers, but to be givers.

For where our treasure is, our hearts will be also. Amen. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

 

February 18, 2018 – First Sunday in Lent

God of the ages past and present, you are timeless and eternal. You offer us today the covenant relationship that you first established with Noah. May we openly receive your powerful and timeless love. Pour out your blessing on this offering so that people throughout the generations respond to you with a resounding, “Thank you, Lord!” Amen. Genesis 9:8-17

 

February 25, 2018 – Second Sunday in Lent

Redeeming Lord, we find it extremely difficult to deny ourselves. Our relationships and our future aspirations often seem absent of glorifying your holy name. Instead, we deceive ourselves into equating good works with faithful discipleship. The Gospel reminds us that we are called to bridge the gap between casual commitment and true discipleship. We give this offering as a way to move toward closer discipleship with you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Mark 8:31-38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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