I wrote this set of litanies to accompany a new sermon series on whole-life stewardship by the Rev. Robb Webster, senior pastor at Charleston UMC in Charleston, Missouri.
Week 1 – Wesley’s Means of Grace
Based on Ephesians 2:4-10 — October 22, 2017
One: O Lord, our God, you are rich in mercy. We praise you for your great love!
All: We were dead in sin, but you gave us new life through Christ, our Savior.
One: Thank you for saving us through your gracious gift of forgiveness.
All: You reveal the immeasurable riches of your kindness toward us.
One: Empower us by your Spirit to live as people who are eager to do good deeds.
All: Let us embrace with joy the opportunities you give us to share your love.
Week 2 – Mission
Based on Matthew 28:16-20 — October 29, 2017
One: Holy God, by resurrecting Jesus, you gave him all authority in heaven and on earth.
All: Help us to honor Jesus Christ as the ultimate authority in our lives.
One: We rejoice that Christ is alive and always present with us by his Spirit.
All: Lord, bring us peace when we worry. Direct us to turn aside from worldly doubt.
One: You call us to obey your commandments and live in peace with our neighbors.
All: Strengthen our hearts to trust and follow your will, until Christ returns in glory.
Week 3 – Leadership
Based on Matthew 25:31-46 — November 5, 2017
One: Majestic God, you are the loving and powerful King of the universe!
All: Thank you for including us in your royal family as brothers and sisters of Christ.
One: You created each person in your image and sent your Son Jesus to redeem each person.
All: Give us the eyes of faith to glimpse the face of Jesus Christ in everyone we meet.
One: Lead us to recognize that you provide enough to meet our needs each day.
All: Guide us to give generously to those who are hungry, thirsty, or far from home.
Week 4 – Giving
Based on Colossians 3:12-17 — November 12, 2017
One: Generous God, we are filled with gratitude that you count us among your beloved people.
All: Make us more like Christ by being kind and humble, gentle and patient.
One: You have freely forgiven us so that we may bear with one another as peacemakers.
All: Help us to praise rather than complain. Set us free from grudges and bitterness.
One: May your Spirit enliven our hearts as we worship you and share in Christian friendship.
All: In all our activities, we want to give freely and show the compassion of Jesus.
Week 5 – Making Disciples
Based on Matthew 6:19-24 — November 19, 2017
One: Our Heavenly Father, you are the loving God who invites us into relationship.
All: You alone deserve to hold first place in our hearts, far above anything else.
One: Your Son Jesus urges us to store up good works in heaven, where they are safe with you.
All: Help us not to hoard worldly treasures, where we fear they may be stolen.
One: Let us seek first your priorities. Guard us from the darkness of materialism and envy.
All: Enable our lives to reflect the light of your faithfulness as we nurture new disciples.
Week 6 – Christ the King
Based on Revelation 1:4b-8 — November 26, 2017
One: Almighty God, at your appointed time, our risen Lord Jesus will reign over all.
All: Let your Spirit keep our minds peacefully centered on Christ and his grace.
One: You give our lives meaning by calling us to serve your good purposes in the world.
All: Sustain us as we extend your loving care and welcome strangers in fellowship.
One: Thank you for the beautiful hope you give us through Jesus’ self-giving love.
All: We dedicate ourselves to your life-giving mission in Jesus Christ.