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 20, 2019 – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Holy Spirit, you have honored each of us with unique spiritual gifts. We acknowledge that these gifts are to be used for your glory alone. Help us to offer our talents so that others may be encouraged to share abundantly. We are honored and humbled by the responsibility of using these gifts as stewards of your Kingdom. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. I Corinthians 12:1-11

 

January 27, 2019 – Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Glorious God, the beauty in your creation is awesome. We are often speechless by the majesty of your mountains, oceans, forests and rivers. Yet, you enthrall us with something even as small as a fragile snowflake or a grain of sand. Your genius and power is manifest in the natural world. We share these gifts as stewards of your resplendent creation. We affirm our responsibility to use natural resources in God-honoring ways. Amen. Psalm 19

 

February 3, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Nurturing God, You remind us that faith without love is meaningless. We present these gifts with love. We rejoice in our ability to share. May this moment of giving warm our hearts and stir our souls so that we remember to act consistently out of love in the name of Jesus. In His name, we pray. Amen. I Corinthians 13:1-13

 

February 10, 2019 – Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Exalted Lord, we offer these sacrificial gifts from thankful hands and from rejoicing lips. When we are surrounded by trouble, you cradle us in your constant love. You shine your glory into our weakened hearts. Through these gifts, help our hurting and needy neighbors so they feel secure in your abiding grace. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen. Psalm 138

 

February 17, 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Loving God, we are so thankful that you, through your son, Jesus Christ, have come and stood on a level place with us. We need you to abide with us in our ordinary, everyday lives. We, your gathered crowd of disciples, participate in this act of worship by offering you a portion of the money that we have earned from the work of our ordinary, everyday lives. We dedicate these gifts to your service. We pray in the name of the one who heals, Jesus Christ. Amen. Luke 6:17-26

 

February 24, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Holy One, we give because You beckon us to give. We give because You call us to be merciful. We give because you command us to love our enemies. We give because we seek be Your followers who do good and expect nothing in return. May the offering that we place upon the altar humble us so that we do not judge or condemn but offer a posture of forgiveness and love. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen. Luke 6:27-38

 

March 3, 2019 – Transfiguration Sunday

Gracious God, like Moses, we often seem veiled in our daily lives when given an opportunity to share your splendor. Our minds become focused on the temporal and the materialistic. We ashamedly view the world as our kingdom and not your kingdom. Lift the veils on our souls so our thoughts and deeds are transformed from any selfish desire to your calling and vision. We offer ourselves to you here and now. Amen. II Corinthians 3:12-4:2

 

March 6, 2019 – Ash Wednesday

Sovereign Lord, you call us to give generously as a way of expressing our love to you. On this Ash Wednesday, we strive to strengthen our spiritual commitment. One of those spiritual commitments is our act of giving. Use this offertory moment to help us reflect on this spiritual commitment. In so doing, may we discover opportunities to grow as your followers during this season of Lent. In your holy name, we pray. Amen. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

 

March 10, 2019 – First Sunday in Lent

God of Deliverance, you led your chosen people long ago out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land. Your people rejoiced and worshipped you with the first fruits of their labors. Their contributions were a symbol of devotion to your mighty presence in their lives and in the lives of following generations. Guide our gifts so that they may be multiplied to help those still languishing in the wilderness of uncertainty. Help our giving to inspire others as they journey toward the promise of Eternal Life. Through your holy son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen. Deuteronomy 26:1-11

 

March 17, 2019 – Second Sunday in Lent

God of Salvation, you challenge us to remain connected wholeheartedly to your Word, rather than to spend time on petty worries and fears. You and you alone, lead us on a level path. Now, we ardently listen for your call in our lives. We praise you for reaching out to us. In this moment of offering a portion of our income to you, we reach out to you. We reach out seeking your grace. You are the stronghold of our lives! Praise to you now and forevermore. Amen. Psalm 27

 

March 24, 2019 – Third Sunday in Lent

Holy God, we offer these gifts in gratitude for the blessings you bestow upon us. Despite our unfruitful ways, we have endless opportunities to reflect your glory in our lives. We turn our hearts and minds to the commitment that you have made to us through your son Jesus Christ. May these gifts become symbolic of our desire to renew our covenant relationship with you, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen. Luke 13:1-9

 

March 31, 2019 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

Patient God, we cherish the scripture story of the prodigal son. You are always willing to accept us, even in our bleakest moment. You surround us with the hushed silence of your love. Like a compassionate parent, you wait to receive us in your embrace while we struggle to place you first in our lives. Multiply these tithes and offerings so that they open the ears of your lost children to your message of unconditional love. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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