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.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Consider Your Own Call, a Reflection on 1 Corinthians 1:25-31

Here's how the Common English Bible translates 1 Corinthians 1:27-28
But God chose what the world considers foolish to shame the wise. God chose what the world considers low-class and low-life--what is considered to be nothing--to reduce what is considered to be something to nothing.

We shouldn't go around bragging about our accomplishments. In the first place, God is not looking for accomplishment-exclusive kind of people. And, secondly, God chooses people because God can use them for God's purposes.

Again, from the CEB:
It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus. He became wisdom from God for us, and he met all religious requirements for us; he dedicated us to God, and he delivered us.

Then, in verse 31, "This is consistent with what was written: The one who brags should brag in the Lord!" which alludes to Jeremiah 9:24, "But let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and ighteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord."

Paul, like Jeremiah before him, is cautioning us to get over ourselves and instead to exhibit some care and concern for others. We've heard about it from the prophets. We've heard about it from Christ. Let's get on with it now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing from the Common English Bible. Hearing God's word in such a fresh translation really opens my eyes in new ways. Are you a follower of @commonengbible on Twitter? There's at least a verse posted every day as well as updates on the full Bible and other good stuff.