Offertory Prayer

Each month's Offertory Prayers includes an "Invitation to the Offering" (see below) along with a digital image 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. You can find great stories of the difference our giving makes at http://umcgiving.org.

Invitation to the Offering

The offering you made last week empowered ministry within our congregation and in response to the needs of our community. It also helped support the work of ministries beyond the local church that reach people who are in desperate need to feel the touch of love and reconciliation. Through our connectional giving, we are playing a key role in the fight against Ebola in West Africa on many fronts. United Methodist Communications formed its Information and Communications Technologies for Development team (ICT4D), whose work includes bringing technology solutions to the fight against poverty. When Ebola was first reported in Liberia this past summer, many residents dismissed it as political propaganda or superstition. The historic text message shown here from Liberian Bishop John Innis, the most effective means of mass communication in this situation, made real the threat. This ministry happens thanks to the generous support of United Methodists like you. I invite you once again to give generously as we worship God through the sharing of our gifts, tithes and offerings.

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November 23, 2014 -- Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday
O Lord our God, you are the good shepherd. You continually reach out to help us. When we are distracted and scattered, you draw us near with your loving voice. You welcome us as sheep of your flock and give us refreshing food and drink. Thank you for green pastures of rest and spiritual renewal. We dedicate our offerings to further your work in the world: to bring back the strayed, bind up the injured, strengthen the weak, rescue those in danger, and feed them with justice. We pray through Christ your Son, the great shepherd of the sheep. Amen.(Ezekiel 34)


November Offertory Prayers were written by the Rev. Rosanna Anderson, Associate Director of Stewardship Ministries at Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Reflection on Psalm 46

In her sermon on Psalm 46 this morning, the preacher cited verses 4 and 5: "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns."

She told us that the church is the new city of God. I thought that many people feel safer living in the suburbs.

2 comments:

Craig L. Adams said...

I'm wondering if, for the Psalmist, the city was a place of refuge, rather than a place to live.

I think that kinda messes up the identification of the City of God with the Church, too.

Una Malachica said...

I think that the Psalmist probably was referring to Jerusalem--but as an actual place and as a metaphor.

But, if I were to accept the modern-day church with the City of God, I would still assert that many of us find it too much trouble to meet with being the church--that is, doing what God expects the church to do. So, I like the metaphor of the suburb as a place where we can avoid the difficulties of the city--that is, those expectations of God.