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.

 

May 1, 2016 - Sixth Sunday of Easter

Gracious God, you are a loving parent imparting wisdom to those who love and follow you. As Jesus demonstrated to his disciples, you offer the immeasurable peace of an eternal home. We praise your name in the comfort of this peace and place these tithes and offerings before you. Multiply these gifts so that those seeking to establish peace in this world will feel your guiding hand. We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen. John 14:23-29

 

May 8, 2016 - Seventh Sunday of Easter

Lord Almighty, you are the supreme ruler of the Earth! You can make nations bow down to your will. You shine your luminescent light on the righteous and spread gladness of heart to those who are good. You have the omnipotent power to move majestic mountains and to calm the stormy seas. You rescue us from wickedness when we praise and worship your works. We acknowledge the strength of your spirit in our lives by giving these tithes and offerings. May you enrich these gifts with your blessing. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen. Psalm 97

 

May 15, 2016 - Day of Pentecost

God of Amazement and Wonder, you have been preparing the way for us throughout time. You sent people like the prophet Joel and Peter to guide our spiritual journey. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes confused but often in awe, we watch the everyday miracles experienced all around us. All things are possible with you, O God. We trust that this offering will foster the miracles and the possibilities that you have in store for this church community. We await with hearts already filled in amazement and wonder at your ways. Come Holy Spirit, come! Amen. Acts 2:1-21

 

May 22, 2016 - First Sunday after Pentecost

God of Hope, we humbly present these gifts in recognition of the grace that you offer us each and every day. You have endowed us with great bounty. Today, we give a portion of this bounty to you as a generous expression of our gratitude. We are compelled though biblical teaching to share generously in ways that impact the greater mission of the church. We exalt your Holy Name as we participate in this sacrificial act of offering ourselves to you. We pray through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Romans 5:1-5

 

May 29, 2016 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

Remind us that you call us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Help us, God, to exhibit the characteristics of gentleness, joy, generosity, and self-control. Bless this offering which supports those various ministries that enable people to live by the Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. Galatians 1:1-12

 

June 5, 2016 - Third Sunday after Pentecost

God of Elijah, the stories of your time-worn prophet continue to be relevant in our modern times. We are all in need of embracing the truthfulness of your word. The impoverished widow gave out of obedience to you. Her action was a sign of your direction in her life. As we commend this offering to your care, remind us that our act of giving represents our sincere faith commitment to you. Bless these gifts so that they may inspire others to be in a covenant relationship with you. In your name, we pray. Amen. 1 Kings 17:8-16

 

June 12, 2016 - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Loving God, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is difficult for us to comprehend fully. You first gave freely and without regret. You offered each of us this gift of salvation. You simply ask for our repentance of sins and our abiding faith. Your example compels us to be sacrificial in our giving and generous in our hearts. We dedicate these gifts to your service with thanksgiving for the peace you offer through your saving grace. Amen. Luke 7:36-8:3

 

June 19, 2016 - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Healing Father, use these gifts to mend the hearts of those who have been possessed by earthly demons. You have the ability to mend our insecurities – our greed, our self-indulgence, our prejudice, and our fear. You alone can nurture our souls. May these worshipful moments renew our desire to follow you and to reject the forces of evil. In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who restores and reconciles all who believe in him, we pray. Amen. Luke 8: 26-39

 

June 26, 2016 - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Everlasting God, you never ask us to wait when we cry out in despair. You are ever-present. You provide counsel in our bleakest moments. You share joy in our celebratory times. We confess that sometimes we are reluctant in our relationship with you. We do not desire to be the “would-be” followers of Jesus, like Luke describes. Help us to be committed totally to you in the days ahead. We rededicate ourselves to you and share a portion of our financial earnings with you. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. Luke 9:51-62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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