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 OfferingThe 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.

Learn more about the work of United Methodist Communications at: www.umcom.org/global-communications.

November 2, 2014 -- Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide
God of steadfast love, we praise you, for you abundantly provide for every living thing! Thank you for listening when we call to you in times of need. You guide us in your good path where we will find all you give us. You alone do wonders: you bring transformation, creating new life out of death. Enable us by your Spirit to live as people of gratitude who help others to experience your love and grace. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.(Psalm 107)

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

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