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A gift of offertory prayers

David Bell writes offertory prayers

Bless your congregation’s gifts with offertory prayers provided by the Rev. David Bell and the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan.

Go to the website of the United Methodist Foundation to find offertory prayers your use in worship. 

Based on the lectionary, the prayers follow the rhythm of the liturgical seasons. Here are samples of upcoming prayers …

December 8, 2019Lord of our life, the path to you is straight, yet we waiver in our behavior like the Pharisees and Sadducees. Our hopes and dreams often are self-serving and materialistic. We rush through this season buying gifts that we hope will convey just the right message. However, you invite us to ask ourselves if we are equally as busy preparing messages that proclaim the Good News to a hurting world. Through giving, remind us again, O God of the baptismal covenant. This Advent, may we proclaim a message that is exemplified by our generosity, our kindness, and our prayers. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Matthew 3:1-12

January 5, 2020Holy One, your light has come. Your light shines brightly in our humble lives. We place this offering upon your altar as an outpouring of your light within us. Glory halleluiah! Amen. John 1:1-18

January 26, 2020Great God of Heaven and Earth, you call us to leave behind our preoccupations and to follow you into the future. Sometimes we find your call challenging. We are comfortable, maybe even complacent, in our present. May this act of giving be a gesture of our willingness to follow where you lead. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. Matthew 4:12-23

“The offering provides a weekly opportunity to connect our faith commitment with our financial habits,” says Rev. Bell. “These offertory prayers seek to encourage generous giving as a spiritual discipline.”

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