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, such as our Archives and History Center on the campus of Drew University in Madison, NJ. Here, a small group of dedicated archivists preserve the history and artifacts that keep us connected to our past – what they call “the ministry of memories.” By preserving historical photographs, sound recordings, published documents in digital formats, as well as treasures such as the Bible used by Francis Asbury or the journals and handwritten notes of John Wesley, scholars of today can be reconnected with our beginnings when we were more of a movement than an institution. Many in the church hope that this Holy Spirit movement can be recovered for a new generation, and those hopes are made possible through the work of our Commission on Archives and History. This ministry happens, thanks to the way the people of The United Methodist Church live and give connectionally. I invite you to give generously as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.

Learn more about the General Commission on Archives and History at http://www.gcah.org


April 5, 2015 – Resurrection of the Lord

Glorious God, we rejoice in Jesus' victory over death! You raised him up to live forever. He left behind his linen wrappings -- the shroud, his grave clothes. Robed in white, Christ leads us from darkness to light. Help us to follow him, leaving behind the things of our past that obscure our horizons. We dedicate these offerings as tokens of the breaking dawn of Christ. May our gratitude shine forth by our joyfully giving of our earthly goods. Amen. (John 20:1-18)

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

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Last Supper, a Reflection on Luke 22:14-46

Perhaps no worship service will include the entire reading suggested for this week. And, that's too bad. But, the worship service is not the only place where we are allowed to hear or read scripture.

So, if you reflecting on Luke 19:28-40 (triumphal entrance) and Luke 23:1-49 (the trial and crucifixion), then you may also be willing to spend some time with Luke 22:14-56 (the back story to the crucifixion and afterwards).

Jesus is aware of what is awaiting him in Jerusalem. He shares a passover supper with the apostles. He takes a loaf of bread, gives thanks, breaks it, and gives it to them, saying "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." We recognize these four steps and the words as part of our Christian eucharist each Sunday (or once a month, or maybe, quarterly).

They begin to dispute over who is the greatest. I hope this practice is not a weekly one in your congregation--or monthly or even quarterly.

Jesus predicts Peter's denial. What have we learned about ourselves during Lent?
Jesus chose Peter knowing that Peter would have moments of failure.

1 comment:

TN Rambler said...

On Palm Sunday, we will use the Service of Worship for Passion/Palm Sunday found at 338 in the The United Methodist Book of Worship. It celebrates the triumphal entry into Jerusalem then presents the proclamation of the Passion in a lessons and carols style. We will conclude the service with Word and Table IV. There will be no sermon because the narrative is powerful enough to stand by itself.

This will be my fourth year to do this. It has been a moving experience for the congregation and one that they look forward to.