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August 12, 2018 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Gracious God, we joyously place before you our offerings.  May these gifts support our ministry so that others may gather in your name and follow your path of love and peace.  We, your beloved children, seek to be “imitators of God” and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Ephesians 4:25-5:2

August 19, 2018 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O God, we are taught to give as an act of faithfulness.  We are reminded that giving is a Christian responsibility.  Like Paul taught the early Christians, we are taught to be careful how we live – to live as wise people.  Yet, sometimes we are drawn by the insufficient promises of our everyday culture.  We end up giving with a begrudging attitude, a hesitant heart, or selfish reluctance.  Forgive us!  Enable us in this very moment to give “thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Amen.  Ephesians 5:15-20

August 26, 2018 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord of Hosts, we are so happy to offer you these monetary gifts.  We recognize that we are able to worship here because of the generous giving of this congregation.  Yet, our giving and our prayer extend beyond us.  We pray that these offerings and tithes will be used to reach out to others in the community and around the world who need to find a joyful trust in you.  “Happy is everyone who trusts in you.”  All praise and glory to you!  Amen.  Psalm 84

September 2, 2018 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy God, we are grateful for your constant presence in our lives.  We acknowledge that every perfect gift in our lives is a gift from you.  We have listened to your guidance, directing us to offer you our first fruits.  So, we now join in this generous act of giving.  We pray that these resources may care for your children everywhere who are experiencing distress.  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.  James 1:17-27

September 9, 2018 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Healing One, we are reminded so often in Biblical narration that you are capable of miraculous actions.  But, your miracles are not limited to these ancient times.  People still experience miracles in these ordinary, everyday times.  We recall those many miracles that have touched people within our own congregation.  We are astounded by those miracles that we witness each day.  We are so thankful!  Today, we offer you this money as a sacred gesture of our gratitude.  All praise and honor be given to you!  Amen.  Mark 7:24-37

September 16, 2018 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Father, you challenge us to deny ourselves in order to follow you.  We are not accustomed to denying ourselves often.  The pop culture promotes instant gratification.  Self-help experts profess self-care as the key to contentment.  Financial consultants advise clients to pay themselves first.  Yet, you call us to give in return for life, to deny ourselves to follow you, to set our minds on divine things rather than human things.  Help us in this offertory moment to focus on you as we sacrificially give our tithes and offerings.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Mark 8:27-38

September 23, 2018 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus said: “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”  Precious Lord, your love for us is amazing.  You have blessed us in so many ways.  The children of this congregation are an extraordinary example of your blessing.  We are thankful for the numerous ministries of this church that reach out to children and families.  May a portion of this money continue to support those ministries that welcome children in our midst.  Amen.  Mark 9:36-37

September 30, 2018 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Gracious Lord, we join together in prayer.  We recognize that daily prayer impacts our spiritual health.  Likewise, offering our tithes to you impacts our spiritual health.  The acts of praying and giving unify our church community and place our collective attention on you.  As we practice these spiritual disciplines, we hope to draw even closer to you.  We pray in the name of the Jesus Christ who offers salvation to all throughout our world.  Amen.  James 5:13-20

October 7, 2018 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Heavenly Father, we often hear that children are a gift from God.  Knowing that each person is created with unique fingerprints and DNA, we are reminded that we, too, are your gift to others.  You have given us this gift of life and our many possessions.  During these offertory moments, we joyfully and faithfully return this money that ultimately belongs to you.  In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.  Mark 10:2-16

October 14, 2018 – Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty God, you continue to bless our lives in many intrinsic and intangible ways.  When our financial gifts are used to support mission and ministry, we see other people blessed in very tangible ways.  Our desire is to place you first in our financial decision-making.  May this offering be a time when we do place you first and when we are grateful for the opportunity to support mission and ministry in your name.  We pray in the name of the One through whom all things are possible.  Amen.  Mark 10:17-31

October 21, 2018 – Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

God of Grace and Mercy, you call us to be servants in your Son’s holy name.  While popular culture often diminishes self-sacrifice, we know that being a servant leader is a worthwhile calling.  Help us to focus on the Christian practice of hospitality by freely giving to others in your name.  Accept this offering as a profound gesture of our desire to serve you today and always.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Mark 10:35-45

October 28, 2018 – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost

Redeeming Lord, we continually seek your comfortable refuge.  You deliver us from our unfounded fears and provide us with miraculous examples of your love.  In response, we offer these gifts.  We pray that these funds will provide an outreach that warms people with your resplendent love.  As a church community, we exalt and praise your holy name.  Amen.  Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22

November 4, 2018 – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost/All Saints’ Sunday

O God, you call us to love you with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.  We seek to focus on you as our highest priority.  Help us to make lifestyle decisions based on your commandments.  We, your kingdom-seekers, offer you this money as a means of placing you first in our lives.  May these gifts provide ministries of love and compassion to our neighbors.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Mark 12:28-34

November 11, 2018 – Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Forgiving God, people give for so many reasons – guilt, joy, obligation, gratitude, obedience, hope, control, thankfulness.  Remind us of your call to examine everything that we have; after all, our money and possessions are really gifts from you.  You call us to use them wisely – to share them openly – to give them generously.  So thank you for this celebration of giving.  Receive this offering and release us from the foolish temptation to believe that it is best spent on ourselves.  Amen.  Mark 12:38-44

November 18, 2018 – Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Father God, we watch the news and believe that you were speaking to our time when you spoke privately to the disciples on the Mount of Olives.  You caution us not to be lead astray.  We are trying, Lord, to keep our eyes fixed on you.  We have worshipped you in song and prayer.  We have listened for your Word.  Now, we humbly place before you these offerings and tithes.  May our resolve be strong to do your will and follow your path.  For the sake of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.  Mark 13:1-8

November 25, 2018 – Christ the King Sunday

Great and Glorious Savior, we listen attentively to your voice.  We place our trust in your truth and grace.  We generously give in gratitude for your truth in our spiritual journey.  We pray that these monetary gifts may help others to see your kingdom, to draw closer to you, and to find ultimate peace.  We pray in the name of the One who sustains us throughout life’s journey, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  Amen.  John 18:36; Revelation 1:8      

December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent

O God, we offer you these gifts and tithes.  We pray that these funds may abound in love for one another throughout the world.  Strengthen our hearts in holiness as we faithfully give, so that our ways may be directed by you.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.  I Thessalonians 3:9-13

December 9, 2018 - Second Sunday of Advent

Gracious and Giving God, we once again prepare for the birth of your chosen Son.  Through the voices of prophets and preachers, you have been heard in the driest deserts and the steepest valleys.  Unfurl our hearts and open our minds so that we may hear your salvation story anew.  Giving this money is a worshipful gesture of our unending alleluias to you.  We dedicate this offering to your Kingdom work.  Amen.  Luke 3:1-6

December 16, 2018 - Third Sunday of Advent

Lord of Light, you gave yourself to this world by the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ.  We thankfully rejoice and praise you for your peace and light shared with all nations. Now, center us on the King of Glory during these prayerful moments of giving.  We present these gifts as your humble and willing servants in the name of the One who comes to us anew, Jesus the Living Christ.  Amen.  Philippians 4:4-7

December 23, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

God of Glory, we eagerly anticipate the joy-filled celebration of Jesus’ birthday party.  We recall now in the quiet recesses of our minds the thrill of receiving your message of salvation.  As we open ourselves again to this holy wonder, accept these generous gifts.  May the ministries that these gifts support invite others to receive the saving message of the Christ Child.  In His name, we pray.  Amen.  Luke 1:46b-55

December 24, 2018 - Christmas Eve

We celebrate the birth of the Holy Child!  Although born in humble surroundings, Jesus’ presence surrounds all who call upon his name.  The hope born in a manger long ago is birthed again.  We gratefully offer these financial gifts as a way to provide hope for all God’s children. We rejoice in knowing that your ministry is strengthened by our gifts and prayers.  We pray in the name of the Babe in the Manger.  Amen.  Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

December 30, 2018 - First Sunday after Christmas Day

King of Kings, we join the angels in singing your unending praise.  You alone created the universe in all of its glory.  We present these gifts knowing that they will be transformed into ministries of Good News.  Bless this offering so our giving honors your glory.  In the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we pray.  Amen.  Psalms 148 

 

Copyright © 2018 David S. Bell.  Any local church, regardless of denominational affiliation, may reprint any or all of these prayers provided that the following copyright notice appears: "Copyright © 2018 David S. Bell.  Reprinted with permission from www.DavidSBell.org."