Offertory Prayer


Offertory Prayers and Invitation for February 2015

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 support ministry with students of all ages, including those who have had the door to education opened to them through our eleven Historically Black Colleges. Through your generosity in support of the Black College Fund, students are empowered to learn, to succeed, and to change the world. For many of these students, your support is “a life-changer.” This ministry happens thanks to the way the people of The United Methodist Church live and give connectionally. I invite you once again to give generously as we worship God through the sharing of our gifts, tithes, and offerings.

Learn more about our Historically Black Colleges at: www.umcgiving.org/pastors/resources?category=2753

February 1, 2015 -- Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy God, Architect of all we know and all we do not know, bless the gifts we offer up to you this day. As we are reminded this morning of the authority you have given your precious son, so we remember how, in turn, he passed it on to us. Help us to see that the authority we have is not to wield power over one another, but to stir the power of compassion, hope, and love in one another. We pray this in the name of Jesus, the source of compassion, mercy and healing. Amen. (Mark 1:21-28)

February Offertory Prayers were written by the Rev. Dr. Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Connectional Ministries at Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Daily Prayer, Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Morning
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Invitatory Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into the Lord’s presence with singing.

We know that you are God.
It is you that made us, and we are yours.
we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

We enter your gates with thanksgiving,
and your courts with praise.
We give thanks to you, bless your name.
For you, O Lord, are good;
your steadfast love endures forever,
and your faithfulness to all generations.

Psalms 120, 121, 122, 123, 124

Daily Lectionary Reading, Genesis 1:27-31

Lectio Divina,
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blesses them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living things that moves upon the earth (Genesis 1:27-28).

What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for the" Yet you have made the a little lower than God (Psalm 8:4-5).

Prayer for Today:
We bow before the mystery of your creative power. May we never fail to see the beauty of your creation, because we pass through life hurriedly. Keep us mindful that you have given us the responsibility to care for every living creature on earth, in the sea, and in the sky. Instill in us the desire and the ability to care for this earth that you have provided for us. Amen.
(adapted from Prayers of the People, Richard Einerson).

Midday Psalm 119:153-160

Evening
Psalm 130

1 comment:

Crimson Rambler said...

a long long time ago I heard David Ben Gurion say that Genesis 1:27 was THE most important verse in all of Scripture...and I've been pondering that one ever since!

Word verif. is "poomantl" -- are they trying to tell me something???