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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.

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Worship graphic by Discipleship Minstries

December 2022

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported work done by the Worship Team at Discipleship Ministries as they provide some of the most popular and helpful worship planning resources. The website receives thousands of visits and downloads every single week! These seasonal series include ideas for planning, preaching notes, liturgical resources, offertory prayers, and music and hymn suggestions. Many of the seasons also include resources for engaging children, youth, young adults, and small groups around the themes for worship. These resources are available for our churches—large or small—to view or download at any time, at no cost, thanks to the generous support of the World Service Fund by churches like yours through your mission share/apportionments.

This important work happens, 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 explore the worship resources for Advent.

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UMNS Photo by Nandipha Mkwalo

January 2023

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported work in South Africa, where young adults from the South Africa Conference of The United Methodist Church have started a soup kitchen to help those in need in their community. Members of the United Methodist Young Adult Organization are helping the less privileged in Clermont Township, one of the largest and oldest townships in Durban with a high unemployment rate, especially among youth. Most residents are from rural areas who came to seek work opportunities in the nearby suburbs and surrounding factories. Many live in poverty in informal settlements or shacks.

Nombhedesho Maquba, president of Pinetown Circuit’s Young Adult Organization, said she is thankful that the members are committed to their volunteer work with the soup kitchen. “They are so united, and you can swear that this is the big group with the way they do works of God. It is more blessed to give than to receive,” said Maquba, quoting Acts 20:35. Members gather twice a month at lunchtime and bring and share meals on the streets Clermont. “They prepare the food from their homes so that they can serve those who are less fortunate,” Maquba said.

This important work happens 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 this feeding ministry.

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Photo by the General Commission on Archives & History

February 2023

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. A portion also supported the work of The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) of The United Methodist Church (UMC), which recently announced the launch of its online teaching platform, the UM History Hub.

“Several simultaneous pieces came together that sparked the idea of the hub,” said General Secretary Dr. Ashley Boggan. “We were reworking the Local Church Historians’ School to offer another session this fall that included ways to further connect and engage those that take the course. Additionally, we were working on Heritage Sunday resources for 2022 under the theme ‘Splits, Separations, and Reconciliations.’ There was then a natural progression of other UM-specific history courses that we could bring to the church. I’m thrilled to bring these online resources to local congregations and members.”

“All proceeds from these courses go to support our new ministries of memory at GCAH,” Dr. Boggan added. “Your engagement with us ensures that we can continue to help all Methodists understand the past in order to contextualize the present and envision a more grace-filled future.”

This important work happens, 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 General Commission on Archives & History.

Click here to visit the U.M. History Hub.

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Photo courtesy of AWF Conference Disaster Response Office

March 2023

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported work in communities near and far that have suffered natural disasters and other extreme weather. These needs are met locally but are supported by personnel and leaders of our Global Ministries agency and their staff of UMCOR.

The region of the Alabama-West Florida Conference has been hit by a steady stream of extreme weather disasters since Hurricane Michael struck in 2018. UMCOR has provided major support to the conference to meet each challenge.

Two years after Michael, hurricanes Sally and Zeta struck Alabama in September and October 2020. That recovery program, funded in part by UMCOR, is still underway. Since case managers were already trained and working for Michael recovery, the conference was able to move quickly to fill the gap in another area that wasn’t receiving enough assistance. This project’s goal was to assist thirty-seven families who sustained heavy damage. So far, they’ve exceeded their goal.

This important work happens, 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 this relief work in the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference.

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UMNews Photo by Mike DuBose

April 2023

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. A portion of your generosity also supported ministries across our worldwide United Methodist Church, like the work of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

“The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) was founded in 1972. Since then, we celebrate historic milestones that have contributed to the advancement of women. We also recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done. We encourage United Methodists to utilize the resources in this page to promote the advancement of women within your context for a more complete kingdom of God.”

Whether it involves providing sexual ethics training for annual conferences, shedding a light on the inequality of the salaries of women clergy compared to their male counterparts, or advocating for the access of girls and young women to education in places here and abroad, their staff work tirelessly to help us live up to our belief in equality among all God’s children.

This important work happens, 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 General Commission on the Status & Role of Women.

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