June 25, 2017 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

Loving God, we thank you. We thank you for your creation. We thank you for the gift of your son. We thank you for your presence in our lives. We recognize that you are greater than any of our attempts to describe you. We have come to a time in the service to say "thank you" with our economic resources — our money. May everything we do in this worship service express gratitude — the songs that we sing, the prayers that we offer, the words that we read, the conversations that we have, and even these gifts that we now make to spread the good news of your son, Jesus Christ. May even these gifts be a gesture of “losing our lives” for your sake. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.  Matthew 10:24-39

July 2, 2017 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Nurturing God, who welcomes all who sincerely believe in your sustaining grace, we are grateful that you compassionately offer your children an eternal home.  We recognize that this offering is only one way that you call us to practice Christian discipleship.  So, combine these financial resources with our talents, prayers, and presence so that we may significantly influence the lives of others who seek your love.  Amen.  Matthew 10:40-42

July 9, 2017 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

God of Promise, many of us have trouble discerning the Living Christ in our lives.  Use these gifts to quiet the traffic and turmoil of life’s stresses.  Enable us through our faithful giving to discover a deeper reverence for Jesus’ gentle and humble message.   Lift our heavy burdens, so we can prayerfully respond to the peace and the calm repose that you provide for us today and forever.  In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 11;16-19, 25-30

July 16, 2017 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty God, your boundless miracles in nature are such a small display of your awesome deeds.  You visibly enrich our lives with the bounty of the earth’s beauty.  How can we ever adequately honor the gift of an amethyst sunset or the fragility of a butterfly’s dance?  Abundantly increase these gifts so that we may be more faithful stewards of your entire creation.  To you be all honor and glory.  Amen.  Psalm 65 (1-8), 9-13

July 23, 2017 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

God of Salvation, we seek to be children of your heavenly kingdom.  Yet, our self-deceiving ways cause us to believe that we will be more generous givers once we have satisfied our own personal, material desires.  Change our thinking.  Help us to be faithful disciples who recognize that everything we have in life is a gift from you.  Inspire us to share our resources as a response to your unconditional love.  Amen.  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 30, 2017 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Spirit, you search the recesses of our minds and the depths of our hearts.  You call us to be not only givers but also receivers of your gift of grace.  We believe that you will multiply our gifts to draw us nearer to your side.  As we offer these financial gifts, we are grateful to be joined to the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.  Romans 8:26-39

August 6, 2017 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Loving Father, you powerfully fill the voids in our lives.  You reveal your compassionate grace by the simple act of always being present.  You unselfishly feed us when we are hungry and quietly walk with us when we feel alone.  Combine this offering with others so that all of your children can be filled with the power of your redeeming spirit.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 14:13-21

August 13, 2017 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Loving God, your grace provides us with secure shelter even amid our times of doubt and despair.  Our lives periodically seem adrift from the refuge of your unwavering love.  Lift us from the depths of selfishness and greed.  Restore our hope and help us to find contentment in you so that we may offer these financial gifts as devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.  In his name, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 14:22-23

August 20, 2017 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Honestly God, your promise of a new life in Heaven seems so distant, so obscure!  Spectacles of violence and self-indulgence defile our conscious.  Sensitize us to the mosaic of personal and community struggles that envelope our brothers and sisters around the world.  Multiply these gifts for ministries that empower people to trust your holy Word.  We pray in the name of the holiest of teachers, Jesus the Messiah.  Amen.  Matthew 15:21-28

August 27, 2017 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Merciful Lord, you have provided each of us with many similar, yet unique gifts.  Thank you, Lord, for the talents and abilities of people within this congregation.  We are a blessed people!  Now, we unite as one body to share in this worshipful act of the offering.  Giving is such a joy-filled experience!  Thank you, Lord, for this opportunity to support the transformation of people’s spiritual lives through the ministry and mission of this body of Christ.  Amen.  Romans 12:1-8

September 3, 2017 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

God of Compassion, sometimes we are reluctant to follow your divine authority and to place our entire trust in you.  We feel more secure trusting in our own ability and our own strength.  Thank you for this moment in our worship service when we are reminded that your unwavering, steadfast love engulfs us like a mother’s gentle caress.  Bless these gifts and we who give them.  Trusting in your heavenly grace, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 16:21-28

September 10, 2017 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Loving God, we are gathered together to listen to your Word and to witness to its’ truths.   We give joyously today and dedicate this offering to your work.  We are inspired to share your glorious love with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Increase our talents and offerings so that your name is exalted with unending praise.  Blessed is your name!  Amen.  Matthew 18:15-20

September 17, 2017 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Patient Lord, you amaze us each day with your ability to forgive our many sins.  You display merciful acts and answer our prayers in profound ways.  Help us to be stewards of your mercy and grace as these monetary gifts are transformed into active ministries.  Multiply the span of these ministries to reach people in new ways.  We pray in the name of the one who teaches true forgiveness, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  Matthew 18:21-35

September 24, 2017 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Knowing God, you have given us a never-wanting future.  Yet, we often forget the nature of your divine gift.  We become entangled in the snares of self-centeredness.  Today, we joyfully share these many offerings as a way to release ourselves from being self-focused to being God-focused.  In the name of your loving Son, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 20:1-16

October 1, 2017 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Faithful God, we gratefully acknowledge that you are the giver of all things.  You call us to share these gifts so that we may experience the joy and humility of giving to others.  We pray that this very act of offering our gifts to you will enable us to be obedient disciples of your work.  We are blessed to receive and to offer the message of salvation.  Jesus Christ is Lord.  Praise your holy name!  Amen.  Philippians 2:1-13

October 8, 2017 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty God, you gave us your commandments and asked us to live according to your holy will.  As part of your design for honorable living, we participate in this simple act of giving.  We dedicate ourselves to living lives of honesty and peace.  Amen.  Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

October 15, 2017 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

God of Peace, we are confronted with so many overwhelming needs in our world.  Walk with us as we set aside our own desires and wants and join the call to alleviate human suffering.  Transform these financial gifts into genuine acts of concern and ministry to others.  In the name of the One who surpasses all understanding, we pray.  Amen.  Philippians 4:1-9

October 22, 2017 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

God of Wisdom, we rejoice that you have provided us with numerous examples of generous giving.   We obediently share this offering in full knowledge that all of our resources and assets are ultimately a gift from you.  Help us to use them wisely and to share them generously.  We pray in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life, so we may live abundantly.  Amen.  Matthew 22:15-22

October 29, 2017 – Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Lord, you have entrusted us with the awe-inspiring task of sharing the message of the Gospel.  We acknowledge that we cannot simply give money and expect your message to be spread.  We must consistently give ourselves by offering our time, talents, gifts, and service.  Stir within us the courage to be Christian stewards throughout our daily living.  Accept these gifts as a symbol of our love and commitment to you.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  I Thessalonians 2:1-8

November 5, 2017 – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost (All Saints’ Day Observed)

Loving Father, we humbly dedicate these tithes and offerings to your use.  Like the saints who have gone before us, we are comforted by the knowledge that you will multiply these gifts.  Allow this money to become a resource that lifts the shadows of despair from the recesses of people’s lives.  We recognize that only you can restore faith to the faithless, hope to the hopeless, and love to the loveless.  May your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!  Amen.  I Thessalonians 2:9-13

November 12, 2017 – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Lord of Wisdom, we faithfully believe in the promise of your Heavenly Kingdom.  Yet, we allow our personal living to determine our personal giving.  Enable us to be generous givers whose giving is not controlled by our personal wants.  Awaken our spirit to the knowledge that we have a limited time to give to your ministries.  We pray in the name of your Son, who will come again as Jesus the Christ.  Amen.  Matthew 25:1-13

November 19, 2017 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Beloved Lord, you offer us a precious gift.  Your invitation to salvation through Jesus Christ frees us from so many unnecessary fears.  As children of your light, we present these gifts so that others may share in the timeless message of your love.  Encourage us to reflect your love to others, today and always.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  I Thessalonians 5:1-11

November 26, 2017 – Christ the King Sunday

Exalted One, we joyfully celebrate our unlimited trust in your faithful promises.  We pray that all people will someday sound a cacophony of hallelujahs as they truly accept your steadfast love.  May these gifts that we gladly lay upon your altar enable ministries that support this chorus of praise.  We pray with praise and thanksgiving in our hearts.  Amen.  Psalm 100

December 3, 2017 – First Sunday of Advent

During this season of waiting and anticipation, we are reminded to stay awake for the coming of your Son.  Jesus’ love often comes into our lives in quiet, unexpected ways.  Today, we generously respond to this compassion and commit ourselves to living in a manner worthy of your love.  In anticipation of the coming of Jesus, the Savior, we pray.  Amen.  Mark 13:24-37

December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent

Loving God, you powerfully proclaim through your prophet John the need for us to repent of our sins and to prepare the way of the Lord.  We place these offerings upon your altar with the knowledge that they will support many ministries that proclaim your Good News and lead people on your path.  By offering you these generous gifts, we prepare ourselves to be led along your path of grace and love.  We pray with your guiding presence.  Amen.  Mark 1:1-8

December 17, 2017 – Third Sunday of Advent

Rejoicing God, we offer you thanks and praise for this season of anticipation, this season of Advent.  As we prepare for the birth of your son, we share our tithes and offerings with the joy and excitement that is common as one anticipates the birth of a new child.  Bless these gifts in your Holy Name.  Amen.  I Thessalonians 5:16-24

December 24, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dear Father, we admit that Advent can be a challenging time.  We are not accustomed to waiting.  We live in a world of instant gratification.  Yet, you call us to wait, to anticipate, and to prepare for the birth of your son on Christmas Day.  Now, we are counting the days – seven more days until Christmas Day.  This countdown generates a variety of emotional responses – excitement, joy, relief, and maybe even panic.  Provide us with a sense of calm.  May the rhythm of worship and this offering moment calm us so that we are prepared to receive anew the birth of Jesus, the Christ Child.  Amen.  Luke 1:26-38

December 24, 2017 – Christmas Eve

Holy One, as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, we seek to honor you with these monetary gifts.  We know that everything in this world is a gift from you, O God, so we humbly return a generous portion of these gifts to you.  We pray that these gifts may help this church to change people’s lives and to spread your message of salvation.  In the name of the Babe lying in the manger, we pray.  Amen.  Luke 2:1-20

December 25, 2017 – Christmas Day

O God, we are stirred this Christmas morning to refocus our attention from the commercialism of Christmas to the miraculous birth of an infant who was born in a manger long ago.  You have given us such a precious gift.  Thank you, God.  We offer you these gifts as our gratitude for all that you give to us.  We pray in the name of that miraculous infant, the Baby Jesus.  Amen.  John 1:1-14

December 31, 2017 – First Sunday after Christmas

Lord of Peace and Hope, we thankfully give these generous gifts as an expression of all that you have given us.  As the prophets foretold, your son was born for the redemption of our sins.  We humbly acknowledge that of all the gifts we have received, your gift of a babe in a manger, is the one that truly matters.  We prayerfully ask you to increase our ability to help others discover anew the best Christmas message ever, the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ.  In His name, we pray.  Amen.  Luke 2:22-40

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