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, May 10, 2010

Choice: Ascension or 7th Sunday

A couple of alternative are feasible for lectionary-following congregations this week. Some will celebrate the Ascension Thursday. Others will wait until Sunday.

On my theory of more Bible rather than less, I have included in this week's daily lectionary readings for Ascension (Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 110; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53) and for the 7th Sunday after Easter( Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21).

1 comment:

HotConflict said...

Did you know that there is also a concept of seven upper heavens and seven inner earths in Islam.
Check out this series called SEVEN.
Ascension of Muhammed?

Peace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK1XWzit0aI