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.

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

November 30, 2014 -- First Sunday of Advent
Our Heavenly Father, we worship you. You are the God who does awesome deeds that we did not expect! You have come down from on high, sending your precious Son Jesus to make your presence tangible. You work wonders for those who wait for you. Thank you for sending your Spirit to work in our life. Give us patience as we wait for the revealing of your glorious kingdom. May the gifts and offerings we present today serve your purposes as we await your coming in glory. Come soon, Lord Jesus! Amen. (Isaiah 64)

November 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.