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."

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.