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.

 

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

 

September 7, 2014 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Loving God, we are gathered together to listen to your Word and to witness to its’ truths. We give joyously today and dedicate this offering to your work. We are inspired to share your glorious love with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Increase our talents and offerings so that your name is exalted with unending praise. Blessed is your name! Amen. Matthew 18:15-20

 

September 14, 2014 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Patient Lord, you amaze us each day with your ability to forgive our many sins. You display merciful acts and answer our prayers in profound ways. Help us to be stewards of your mercy and grace as these monetary gifts are transformed into active ministries. Multiply the span of these ministries to reach people in new ways. We pray in the name of the one who teaches true forgiveness, Jesus Christ. Amen. Matthew 18:21-35

 

September 21, 2014 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Knowing God, you have given us a never-wanting future. Yet, we often forget the nature of your divine gift. We become entangled in the snares of self-centeredness. Today, we joyfully share these many offerings as a way to release ourselves from being self-focused to being God-focused. In the name of your loving Son, we pray. Amen. Matthew 20:1-16

 

September 28, 2014 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Faithful God, we gratefully acknowledge that you are the giver of all things. You call us to share these gifts so that we may experience the joy and humility of giving to others. We pray that this very act of offering our gifts to you will enable us to be obedient disciples of your work. We are blessed to receive and to offer the message of salvation. Jesus Christ is Lord. Praise your holy name! Amen. Philippians 2:1-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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