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Offertory Prayers and Invitation to the Offering

By Ken Sloane

Each month’s Offertory Prayers includes an “Invitation to the Offering” 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.

Dismantling racism town hall
Photo courtesy of UM News

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the work of United Methodist Communications, being the voice of the church to the world and equipping local churches with communications tools needed to undergird local and global ministry. Their work binds us together around common stories: whether it is eradicating malaria in Africa or uniting the church to take a stand against racism, the Communications staff tell our story through words, images, videos, podcasts, and live events like the recent “Dismantling Racism: Pressing onto Freedom” Virtual Conversation.

Ministries like these 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.

Click here to read more about the “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” Town Hall.

Through the Wilderness

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Field preachers website

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the Path 1 work of Discipleship Ministries, equipping church planting and church multiplication strategies in The United Methodist Church. Even during the pandemic’s restrictions on in-person worship, staff are still at work resourcing the launch of new congregations, as well as congregations launching new campuses and new faith communities. Resources like “Field Preacher: A Church Planting Podcast” provides cutting-edge ideas and research to nurture and feed leaders of new and existing congregations grow and thrive! Ministries like these 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.

Click here to learn more about the 'Field Preachers' podcast.

Pressing On

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Um news nov 2020
UMNews photo by Mike Dubose

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the advocacy work of the General Board of Church and Society, which works on justice issues such as global hunger and poverty.

There are 836 million people living in extreme poverty. Children and elderly are particularly at risk, and nearly half of all deaths in children under five are attributable to under-nutrition.

“At the same time, we know that enough food is produced globally to feed everyone. And the wealth of the eight richest people in the world is now equal to that of the poorest 3.6 billion people combined.

“These people struggling with poverty and hunger are across the world from us and right next-door. They are United Methodists sitting in pews and those that United Methodists serve through ministries.” (Global Hunger & Poverty, https://www.umcjustice.org/news-and-stories/global-hunger-poverty-25)

With a presence on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and the United Nations in New York City, the General Board of Church and Society helps organize action and advocate for policies that reflect the love and compassion of Christ as reflected in our Social Principles. Ministries like these 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.

Click here to learn more about Church and Society's work on hunger and poverty.

There Is Now

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Bethlehem jerusalem school
Photo credit: Jerusalem School, Bethlehem

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the work of the General Board of Global Ministries, directing mission personnel and financial support to mission work around the globe, like the Jerusalem School in Bethlehem, Israel. Bethlehem today is a community filled with conflict, division, and strife. The young people that live within the six-mile radius of Bethlehem have little access to quality Christian education. They are burdened by the belief that things will remain as they are today: continual economic hardship, social injustice, and ongoing violence. This community is in need of hope for a future much different than their conflict-laden current situation. Ministries like these 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.

Click here to read more about the Jerusalem School, Bethlehem, or make a gift through the Advance for Christ.

Company's Coming

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