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.

 

July 13, 2014 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty God, your boundless miracles in nature are such a small display of your awesome deeds.· You visibly enrich our lives with the bounty of the earth’s beauty.· How can we ever adequately honor the gift of an amethyst sunset or the fragility of a butterfly’s dance?· Abundantly increase these gifts so that we may be more faithful stewards of your entire creation. ·To you be all honor and glory. Amen. Psalm 65 (1-8), 9-13

 

July 20, 2014 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

God of Salvation, we seek to be children of your heavenly kingdom.· Yet, our self-deceiving ways cause us to believe that we will be more generous givers once we have satisfied our own personal, material desires.· Change our thinking. Help us to be faithful disciples who recognize that everything we have in life is a gift from you. Inspire us to share our resources as a response to your unconditional love. ·Amen. Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

July 27, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Spirit, you search the recesses of our minds and the depths of our hearts.· You call us to be not only givers but also receivers of your gift of grace.· We believe that you will multiply our gifts to draw us nearer to your side.· As we offer these financial gifts, we are grateful to be joined to the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ·Amen. Romans 8:26-39

 

August 3, 2014 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Loving Father, you powerfully fill the voids in our lives. You reveal your compassionate grace by the simple act of always being present. You unselfishly feed us when we are hungry and quietly walk with us when we feel alone. Combine this offering with others so that all of your children can be filled with the power of your redeeming spirit. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Matthew 14:13-21

 

August 10, 2014 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Loving God, your grace provides us with secure shelter even amid our times of doubt and despair. Our lives periodically seem adrift from the refuge of your unwavering love. Lift us from the depths of selfishness and greed. Restore our hope and help us to find contentment in you so that we may offer these financial gifts as devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. In his name, we pray. Amen. Matthew 14:22-23

 

August 17, 2011 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Honestly God, your promise of a new life in Heaven seems so distant, so obscure! Spectacles of violence and self-indulgence defile our conscious. Sensitize us to the mosaic of personal and community struggles that envelope our brothers and sisters around the world. Multiply these gifts for ministries that empower people to trust your holy Word. We pray in the name of the holiest of teachers, Jesus the Messiah. Amen. Matthew 15:21-28

 

August 24, 2014 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Merciful Lord, you have provided each of us with many similar, yet unique gifts. Thank you, Lord, for the talents and abilities of people within this congregation. We are a blessed people! Now, we unite as one body to share in this worshipful act of the offering. Giving is such a joy-filled experience! Thank you, Lord, for this opportunity to support the transformation of people’s spiritual lives through the ministry and mission of this body of Christ. Amen. Romans 12:1-8

 

August 31, 2014 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

God of Compassion, sometimes we are reluctant to follow your divine authority and to place our entire trust in you. We feel more secure trusting in our own ability and our own strength. Thank you for this moment in our worship service when we are reminded that your unwavering, steadfast love engulfs us like a mother’s gentle caress. Bless these gifts and we who give them. Trusting in your heavenly grace, we pray. Amen. Matthew 16:21-28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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