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.

 

March 1, 2015 – 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

 

March 8, 2015 – Third Sunday in Lent

God of Grace, multiply these tithes and offerings so that this church’s ministry and mission radically change lives and create new evangelism opportunities. We pray that these gifts may help all of your children build a temple within their own body that brings honor and praise to you. In the name of Jesus who went to Calvary, we pray. Amen. John 2:13-22

 

March 15, 2015 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

God of Light, you gave us your only son so that we may experience eternal life. We humbly give these offerings as a faithful response to this gift. Money seems so insignificant when compared to your gift of life. Yet, we place this money before you as a sacrificial gesture of our gratitude. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. John 3:14-21

 

March 22, 2015 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

Glorious God, you sent Jesus to change our lives in bold and amazing ways. Yet, we often are consumed by the pettiness of our own “to do” lists. As we place this offering before you, help us to surrender completely to your love and to be stirred into fruit-bearing action that results in faithful stewardship. In your holy name, we pray. Amen. John 12:20-33

 

March 29, 2015 – Palm Sunday

Blessed Lord, we are moved to be your faithful disciples. Like the palms laid long ago in honor of your Son, we present these gifts for your reverent design. We proclaim that your sovereign existence will transform the lives of all who believe in your Son, Jesus Christ. Hosanna in the Highest! Amen. Mark 11:1-11

 

April 2, 2015 – Maundy Thursday

Heavenly Father, you are the true master of our lives. By humbly washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus gave us the ultimate example of Christian servitude. We are now called to be your servants and to love each other as we have been loved by Jesus. May these gifts serve as a vessel to wash away fear and distrust and bathe your children in love. Amen. John 13:1-17, 31b-35

 

April 3, 2015 – Good Friday

God of the Crucified Jesus, we are struck on this Good Friday by the brutal reality that Jesus knowingly, willingly, and obediently gave up his earthly life on a cross. He offered the ultimate sacrifice at Golgatha, the Place of the Skull, so that we may be redeemed by his blood. We now humbly give our financial resources. These monetary gifts are a mere gesture of sacrifice in comparison to Jesus’ sacrifice. Yet, we give with the hope of being washed in his blood. Amen. John 18:1-19:42

 

April 5, 2015 – Easter Sunday

Majestic One, today we celebrate the miracle that was created for all who are ready to receive. Your absolute decree of the Risen Son reminds us that our faith is connected intimately to your amazing, unwavering love. The unconditional love that you repeatedly uplift is our reminder to love all of your children. Multiply these gifts so the promises of a seemingly distant heaven become more of a reality on Earth. Glory Hallelujah! Amen and amen. Mark 16:1-8

 

April 12, 2015 – Second Sunday of Easter

Holy One, we do not doubt that Jesus, the Messiah, lives again. Yet, only one short week from Easter, our thoughts are cluttered with finite, insignificant activities and agendas. Instead of remaining focused on the abundance of divine transformation, we return to a pessimistic mindset of scarcity. Refocus our attention on the joy of Easter, so that we may recognize all that we have received and be led to give cheerfully. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. John 20:19-31

 

April 19, 2015 – Third Sunday of Easter

Forgiving Father, we faithfully give witness to your work in this world by sharing these gifts and offerings. You shared your Son, Jesus, so that we may repent of our sins and be saved. Thank you for providing us with the example of how to place courageously your call of discipleship into action. We pray that we may live each day according to your holy ways. In the name of the Great Teacher, Jesus, we pray. Amen. Luke 24:36b-48

 

April 26, 2015 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Glorious God, we know that your capacity to love is infinitely greater than our own ability. Indeed, you call us to love one another in truth and in action. We yearn to be active disciples, so that our hearts truly abide with you. Use these gifts to increase our ability to be your followers. In the name of the One who laid down his life for us, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen. 1 John 3:16-24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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