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.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Who Is Eligible for Baptism? a Reflection on Acts 8:36-40

He is not like them. He's from a different place. He lives a different life. But, he asks "What is to prevent me from being baptized?"


Philip sees no reason why not.


The General Conference of the UMC this year marked the entry into full communion with the  African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Union Methodist Protestant Church and the Union American Methodist Episcopal Church. According to Rich Peck (see umc.org):



“We have a shameful history of blatant racism that led to the breakup of American Methodism into multiple denominations beginning in the late 18th century,” said the Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak Jr., staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns.

Noting the existence of the Pan-Methodist Commission, Sidorak said, “There is some solace in the fact that there has been demonstrable dedication within The United Methodist Church to preserve a special relationship with the historic African-American Methodist churches.”


But not everyone is to be include in everything. The GC spent time trying to decide who should be included in decision-making roles, in the clergy, and in church weddings. The view of the Common Witness Coalition is that we did not succeed in inviting-all-to-the-table

Lectio Divina: Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.

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