Offertory Prayer

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 the Episcopal Fund, your church not only supports the Bishop who serves your conference, but the global work of our United Methodist episcopal leaders. Your giving makes possible their witness for the whole church in many areas including evangelism, justice ministries, global health and working with the world’s poor. 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.

August 31, 2014 -- Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide

Learn more about the work of the Council of Bishops of the UMC at: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/council-of-bishops

Holy God, we bring our gifts to your altar this morning, remembering that Jesus told us that if we were truly to be his disciples we would need to “deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow.” It’s tempting to try to follow, without taking the cross; or to try to follow, without denying ourselves. More often, we seek to simply take the name of “Christian” without the denying, the taking of the cross, or the following. Guide us, Lord, on this journey of discipleship. Use these gifts, and use us. In our Savior’s holy name, we pray. Amen. (Matthew 16:21-28)

"Prayers by Ken Sloan. Copyright General Board of Discipleship. www.GBOD.org Used by permission."

Monday, February 2, 2009

Prayer, Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

The traditional date for the remembrance of the day that Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple for purification on the fortieth day after his birth is February 2. The lectionary suggests these readings: Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

The United Methodist Book of Worship (316, Don E. Saliers) offers this prayer:
God of compassion, on this day your Holy Spirit revealed
the salvation you had prepared for all peoples
to the devout Simeon and Anna,
who had waited until late in life.

Grant that we, too, may adore your Son, Jesus Christ,
a light to the Gentiles and the glory of Israel,
so we may proclaim him to all your world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

3 comments:

Mary Beth said...

Welcome to RG!

Deb said...

You are inspiring me... even though my church does not follow the lectionary, I'm thinking it would be a great blogging focus.

Welcome to RevGals! :)
Deb

Una Malachica said...

Thanks, Mary Beth and Deb. I hope you'll be back often