Offertory Prayers

    Gracious and holy God, as we make this offering to you this morning, help us to keep our lives focused on you.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for May 2014

    God of our deepest joys and Alleluias!  You continue to bring life out of death and hope out of despair! May the joy of this morning, of the triumph of the Resurrection, empower us in our living out of these tasks and in our generosity to support others who serve in our name.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for April 2014

    Generous God, as we remember Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, we acknowledge the temptation that pursues so many of us: to measure our worth, our power and our security by what we have. As we offer these gifts to you this morning, we pray that you might deliver us from the temptation of building our lives around what belongs to us. Continually lead us to the conviction that what matters is that we belong to you.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for March 2014
    Holy God of mercy and might, you have called us to flavor the world with compassion and to illuminate the world with generous spirits. We give this morning with grateful hearts, hoping that in our giving the spotlight doesn’t fall on us but on you! Offertory Prayers and Invitation for February 2014

    So now, as we give our gifts to you, help us to see the faces of those who will look to us for a touch of compassion and love: our words of kindness, our arms of comfort, and our generous gifts.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for January 2014

    God of Grace, in the midst of a season so focused on shopping and finding the right gift, we give our gifts now to you. We remember that all our giving has its foundation in the amazing gift you gave to us: putting on flesh and coming in the form of a child, Emmanuel, God with us!

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for December 2013

    God of all glory and majesty, like the songs we sing and the praises we speak, our gifts that we offer to you this morning are the way we bless and praise your name.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for November 2013

    God who heals and restores us: Help us as we share this offering this morning to give with deeply grateful hearts, well aware of how richly we have been blessed.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for October 2013

    We bring our gifts to you this morning, not for one moment believing that we can give enough to balance out all the blessings you have given us.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for September 2013

    God of peace and patience, how it must grieve you when we waste so much of our precious time and energy in worry.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for August 2013

    As we offer our gifts this morning, may we do so with generous hearts from a deep trust and confidence that your abundance is sufficient for all you have put before us. Free our lives from the anxiousness, and let us dwell in the joy of extravagant generosity.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for July 2013

    God of healing and hope, your power is more awesome than what our minds can imagine. We marvel when Jesus healed the Centurion’s slave without even traveling to be present with him.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for June 2013

    Gracious God, giver of all good things, as we give our gifts this morning, help us to shift our focus from what we have to what we have to give away. Help us this day in our giving to focus on the gift of peace that Christ gave to the disciples and that he offers to us.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for May 2013

    God of Life, Death, and Resurrection, we continue in our worship and praise to raise our "Alleluias" to you! We sing out loud like those who are so confident about your final victory over death; and yet too often we live our lives and hoard our resources, like those who doubt who will be victorious in the end.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for April 2013

    Help us to open our minds to the possibilities, open our hearts to true compassion, and open our doors so that we might share that love with those who have felt far off from it and forgotten.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for March 2013

    Eternal God, your servant Paul reminded us that no amount of noise we can make, no profound wisdom or vision we can share, no amount of money we can give means anything in your sight unless it comes forth out of love. Any offering that comes out of self-promotion, arrogance, or unkindness -- not rooted in love -- is a wasted effort.

    Offertory Prayers and Invitation for February 2013

    Beginning this month, we are expanding the Offertory Prayers to include at least one "Invitation to the Offering" along with a graphic for those who might want to use it. We hope you will find this a helpful way to remind the people in your pews that their offering travels to many places to make a powerful difference in the lives of people they may never meet. If churches find this helpful, we will work to provide more of these invitations. Offertory Prayers and Invitation for January 2013

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    Generous God, in this season of love and giving, we can never outgive you. Like the child who came to save us, we seek to grow in wisdom and in your favor.   Offertory Prayers for December 2012

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    We give you thanks for the gift and promise you have given to us in your son, Jesus, the Christ. By his love and sacrifice and the sacrifices of the saints, we can come to this place and know the joy of your love and grace.  Offertory Prayers for November 2012

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    Almighty and most loving God, we approach your throne of grace with boldness, knowing that the gifts we bring are gifts that came from you.  Offertory Prayers for October 2012
    Jul. 31, 2012
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    God of wisdom and light, as we offer our gifts this morning, we pray that you will help us grow hearts of generosity and not selfishness, compassion and not resentment, contentment and not envy.  Offertory Prayers for September 2012
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    Relentless God of love and grace, you gave the greatest gift of all when you sent Christ into our midst to rescue us from our rebellion and to teach us the way to your Kingdom.  Offertory Prayers for August 2012
    Jun. 5, 2012
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    The gifts we give in faith this morning will enable us, through Christ's body the church, to bring healing and wholeness to this community and to the whole world.   Offertory Prayers for July 2012
    Apr. 19, 2012
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    Loving God of grace and compassion, the gifts we have given this morning are a token of the fruitfulness of the work of our hands.   Offertory Prayers for June 2012
    Mar. 29, 2012
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    Gracious God, Sustainer of all we know and all we don't know. You have called us as children and heirs to be stewards of so much that you have entrusted to us . . .    Offertory Prayers for May 2012
    Feb. 22, 2012
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    God of power and might, there is no stone heavy enough to bottle up the good news, no burial shroud tight enough to contain your compassion, no darkness powerful enough to withstand the radiance of the promise of Resurrection!   Offertory Prayers for April 2012
    Jan. 5, 2012
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    Gracious and Loving God, the gifts that we bring before you are but a token of what we hope to give . . .  Offertory Prayers for March 2012
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    Gracious and forgiving God, we long to be the disciples who give you our very best: our strongest witness, our mightiest efforts, and our first and best fruits. When we fall short, still you take what we make available and do great things!   Offertory Prayers for February 2012
    Oct. 12, 2011
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    God of glory and strength, we share this offering with you as a response to your powerful acts in our own lives. We share our financial resources with you because of the splendorous ways that you have blessed us.   Offertory Prayers for January 2012
    Oct. 7, 2011
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    Gracious God, we offer you thanks and praise for this season of anticipation, this season of Advent. As we prepare for the birth of your son, we share our tithes and offerings with the joy and excitement that is common as one anticipates the birth of a new child.  Offertory Prayers for December 2011
    Oct. 7, 2011
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    Lord of Wisdom, we faithfully believe in the promise of your Heavenly Kingdom. Yet we allow our personal living to determine our personal giving. Enable us to be generous givers whose giving is not controlled by our personal wants.  Offertory Prayers for November 2011
    Sep. 28, 2011
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    Almighty God, you gave us your commandments and asked us to live according to your holy will. As part of your design for honorable living, we participate in this simple act of giving. We dedicate ourselves to living lives of honesty and peace.  Offertory Prayers for October 2011
    Jul. 11, 2011
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    Generous and loving God, we pray that these gifts may be part of our witness, our testimony to our love for you and the abundance with which we have been blessed.   Offertory Prayers for September 2011
    Jul. 11, 2011
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    Heavenly Father, we, like Peter, have our doubts and our concerns about our abilities.  As we consecrate these gifts to your service, help us do so in an attitude of trust and faith, knowing that miracles far greater than walking on water can still happen in your church.  Offertory Prayers for August 2011
    Jun. 10, 2011
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    In feeding the five thousand, Jesus showed us that while we may see scarcity, there is true abundance in the Kingdom. Loving God, we ask that by putting our trust in you, all in our world will be satisfied.  Offertory Prayers for July 2011
    May. 10, 2011
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    God of all Power and Might: The magnificent wonder of Resurrection is still pondered in our minds and hearts. Just as you raised Jesus, your Beloved, to life once more, so too have you given to us the freshness and fullness of new life. We rejoice in our hearts for that gift; and in that rejoicing, we bring forth our own gifts of hope and promise.   Offertory Prayers for June 2011
    Apr. 26, 2011
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    God of our life journeys, you can turn our despair into joy, our sorrow into recognition of your living presence. Thank you for your love that conquers even death!  Offertory Prayers for May 2011
    Mar. 21, 2011
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    We bring these gifts in gratitude for the love with which you have claimed us and the hope you have inspired in our hearts.   Offertory Prayers for April 2011
    Feb. 8, 2011
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    God of Jesus Christ, the Transfigured One, you alone are shining sovereign over all our history and all future possibilities. We are awed by your living presence that breaks through our surface existence and less-than-significant obsessions.  Offertory Prayers for March 2011
    Jan. 7, 2011
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    God, you are our Light: the primordial light of the cosmos, in Jesus Christ the Light of the world, and through the Spirit the Light within us all. You have told us to claim your Light and live in such a way that it shines through all that we do.  Offertory Prayers for February 2011
    Dec. 17, 2010
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    Holy God, we thank you for the freedom to choose to turn to you by caring for those who are vulnerable in our midst.  Offertory Prayers for January 2011
    Nov. 22, 2010
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    Glory to God in the highest heaven!  We praise your name with our offerings and tithes.  Offertory Prayers for December 2010
    Oct. 28, 2010
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    God of all generations, pour out your goodness on this bounty so it multiplies according to your will.   Offertory Prayers for November 2010
    Sep. 22, 2010
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    We entrust these gifts to your care so that your reconciling love may be a beacon of hope for those in despair.  Offertory Prayers for October 2010
    Aug. 17, 2010
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    You have called us to be stewards of all that you have created. We strive to fulfill your call to be generous stewards by openly sharing the bounty you have placed under our care.  We know that we visibly demonstrate our commitment to your work in this world by giving these tithes and offerings.   Offertory Prayers for September 2010
    Jul. 15, 2010
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    God of All, we are so thankful for this opportunity to give. Our joy is tempered by the knowledge that so many of your children suffer in war-ravaged countries and impoverished cities.  Multiply these gifts so that those oppressed by injustice may experience your care.  Offertory Prayers for August 2010
    Jun. 7, 2010
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    Great God in Heaven, you remind us to focus our ability on first loving you.  Then, you urge us to reflect that love toward our neighbor.  We desire to be the modern-day "Good Samaritan."  Offertory Prayers for July 2010
    May. 19, 2010
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    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.   Offertory Prayers for June 2010