Offertory Prayers and Invitation for November 2019
By Ken Sloane
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 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 supported United Methodist Global Ministries agency and its response to a recent malaria upsurge in Liberia with a shipment of $40,000 worth of life-saving medicine and supplies. In this ongoing work under the banner of our Imagine No Malaria campaign, this gift of life will be followed up with additional support, medicine, and insecticide-treated bed nets, for a total grant of $130,000 to save lives. Ministries like this 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.
November 3, 2019 – Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost
God of redemption and reconciliation, we come to you this morning, hoping for a peek at the Divine in our lives. We are reminded that, like Zacchaeus, Jesus calls to us cross the divide of our failures and offenses, beckoning us back into the family. While there is no price set on this reconnection, when we accept that reality, we cannot contain an outburst of generosity. May our gifts be used to right wrongs and to draw others to the life-transforming love of Jesus. In his holy name, we pray. Amen. (Luke 19:1-10)
November 10, 2019 – Twenty Second Sunday After Pentecost
God of all time and space, we bring our gifts to your altar, knowing your presence with us transcends our time on earth. You are the God of the living, right here and in your heavenly kingdom. As we give, we pray that our gifts will be used for compassion, justice, and reconciliation. We pray that we might see a glimpse of your heavenly kingdom right here in our earthly days. We pray this in the name of Christ, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen. (Luke 20:27-38)
November 17, 2019 – Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost
Holy God, giver of mercy and comfort, but also disruption: we are living in uneasy times, and our tendency is to hoard, hold back, and hide from the uncertainty of the world. Help us to see your light that shines through, even in unsettling times, to help us find our way to you. We offer our tithes and offering this morning, not to adorn a monument to you, but to be part of a living testimony: light will overcome darkness; fear will overcome despair; compassion will overcome injustice; and love wins over hate. In thankfulness, we give; and in thankfulness, we pray. Amen. (Luke 21:5-19)
November 24, 2019 – Last Sunday After Pentecost/Christ the King
God of Creation, we come this morning, bringing our humble gifts, celebrating the reign of Christ, our King – not just in the kingdom that is to come, but in his reign in our hearts. What could we withhold from him, who is our life, our light, and our redemption? More than our money in the plate, help us to give our whole selves, all in for Christ’s ongoing work of compassion and healing. Help us to make our loyalty to his reign known in our giving and also in our living. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen. (Colossians 1:11-20)
November Offertory Prayers & Invitation to the Offering were written by the Rev. Dr. Ken Sloane, Director, Stewardship & Generosity, Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church. [email protected]
Ken Sloane is the Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.