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

Your offering 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 the support we give to the General Administration Fund, which will enable delegates from every annual conference around the world to come to the General Conference in Portland, OR, in May 2016. One of the challenges to be met is to provide a way for delegates to speak and hear in the eight languages that will be represented. A priority is placed on “opening the door through technology,” so all might be part of the discussion and the decision-making process. A solution for translation via smartphone is being developed for next year’s session. These ministries happen 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. (UMNS photo by Greg Nelson)

Learn more about the 2016 General Conference at: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/general-conference-2016

June 28, 2015 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Generous and Giving God, your servant Paul gave the early churches wonderful guidance for giving. As we present our tithes and offerings to you, we remember that you not only see what we give, but the hearts from which our giving comes. May those hearts be filled with joy, overflowing with compassion for others, and faithful in acknowledging how much we have been blessed by your generosity. May you find us excelling in the grace of giving. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. (2 Corinthians 8:7-15)

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Daily Prayer, Tuesday, August 2, 2011

O God the Lord, let me hear what  you will speak, for you will speak  peace to your people, to your faithful, to those who turn to you in their hearts (from Psalm 85:8)



Morning
Invitatory Psalm Tuesday 84
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

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O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob!
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O Lord of hosts,
happy is everyone who trusts in you.


Psalms 65, 66, 70

Daily Lectionary Reading, 1 Kings 19:9-18
9 There he went into a cave and spent the night. The LORD ’s word came to him and said, “ Why are you here, Elijah? ” 10 Elijah replied, “ I’ve been very passionate for the LORD God of heavenly forces because the Israelites have abandoned your covenant. They have torn down your altars, and they have murdered your prophets with the sword. I’m the only one left, and now they want to take my life too! ” 11 The LORD said, “ Go out and stand at the mountain before the LORD . The LORD is passing by. ” A very strong wind tore through the mountains and broke apart the stones before the LORD . But the LORD wasn’t in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake. But the LORD wasn’t in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake, there was a fire. But the LORD wasn’t in the fire. After the fire, there was a sound. Thin. Quiet. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his coat. He went out and stood at the cave’s entrance. A voice came to him and said, “ Why are you here, Elijah? ” 14 He said, “ I’ve been very passionate for the LORD God of heavenly forces because the Israelites have abandoned your covenant. They have torn down your altars, and they have murdered your prophets with the sword. I’m the only one left, and now they want to take my life too. ” 15 The LORD said to him, “ Go back through the desert to Damascus and anoint Hazael as king of Aram. 16 Also anoint Jehu, Nimshi’s son, as king of Israel; and anoint Elisha from Abel-meholah, Shaphat’s son, to succeed you as prophet. 17 Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill. Whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. 18 But I have preserved those who remain in Israel, totaling seven thousand—all those whose knees haven’t bowed down to Baal and whose mouths haven’t kissed him. ”



Today's Prayer:
O Lord, we have rejoiced in your presence at worship services in the beauty of the sanctuary, the sound of the organ, the voice of the talented choir, the well-prepared and well-delivered sermons. And we experience you at times when we are alone, afraid, and in need. As we thank you for the joy, we thank you for the comfort. Amen.

Midday Psalm 119:97-104

Evening
Psalms 102, 103

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