It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Offertory Prayers June 2010

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June 6, 2010 -- Second Sunday after Pentecost
God of Elijah, the stories of your time-worn prophet continue to be relevant in our modern times. We are all in need of embracing the truthfulness of your word. The impoverished widow gave out of obedience to you. Her action was a sign of your direction in her life. As we commend this offering to your care, remind us that our act of giving represents our sincere faith commitment to you. Bless these gifts so that they may inspire others to be in a covenant relationship with you. In your name, we pray. Amen. (1 Kings 17:8-16)

June 13, 2010 -- Third Sunday after Pentecost
Loving God, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is difficult for us to comprehend fully. You first gave freely and without regret. You offered each of us this gift of salvation. You simply ask for our repentance of sins and our abiding faith. Your example compels us to be sacrificial in our giving and generous in our hearts. We dedicate these gifts to your service with thanksgiving for the peace you offer through your saving grace. Amen. (Luke 7:36-8:3)

June 20, 2010 -- Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Healing Father, use these gifts to mend the hearts of those who have been possessed by earthly demons. You have the ability to mend our insecurities, our greed, our self-indulgence, our prejudice, and our fear. You alone can nurture our souls. May these worshipful moments renew our desire to follow you and to reject the forces of evil. In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who restores and reconciles all who believe in him, we pray. Amen. (Luke 8:26-39)

June 27, 2010 - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Everlasting God, you never ask us to wait when we cry out in despair. You are ever-present. You provide counsel in our bleakest moments. You share joy in our celebratory times. We confess that sometimes we are reluctant in our relationship with you. We do not desire to be the would-be followers of Jesus, like Luke describes. Help us to be committed totally to you in the days ahead. We rededicate ourselves to you and share a portion of our financial earnings with you. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen. (Luke 9:51-62)

Written by David S. Bell, former Director of Stewardship with GBOD. He currently serves as Vice-President of Stewardship with the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. You may contact him by visiting
Copyright © 2010 David S. Bell. Any local church, regardless of denominational affiliation, or any United Methodist organization may reprint any or all of these prayers provided that the author is cited.
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