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 http://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 the work of our church through United Methodist Communications to establish a new Communications Center for United Methodists in the four conferences in Nigeria. With a modest grant of $11,500 from World Service Fund giving, 10 laptops, a projector, copier and printer, smart board, and internet connectivity were provided, as well as one year of communication staffing support. With the size of Nigeria and the difficulty in traveling from one place to another, this will help Nigerian United Methodists stay better connected to the conference, to the bishop, to one another, and to our wider, global church. The ministry 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.
To learn more about the New Nigeria Communications Center and its impact: https://www.umnews.org/en/news/new-communication-center-aids-learning-in-nigeria
Note: The following prayers relate to lectionary texts selected for use in Discipleship Ministries’ worship resources. August 4, 2019, connects with the “Living as Disciples” Series. August 11, 18, & 25, 2019, connect with “The Flip Side of Justice.”
August 4, 2019 - Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
God of infinite grace and patience, we dedicate to you the gifts we offer, while we remember and confess that we have not always been wise in how we’ve used the resources you have entrusted to us. We have bought into the thought that in accumulating money and possessions, we can assure ourselves of living comfortable lives. In doing so, we begin to trust more in ourselves than in you. Remind us as we ask you to bless what we give, that we are in fact the ones blessed in the giving and in the trusting. In the name of Jesus, our Savior, who trusted completely. Amen. Luke 12:13-32
August 11, 2019 - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
God of love and mercy, as we lift these gifts to you, too many of us are thinking, “We are done for another week.” Scripture reminds us that what you seek is so much more: “Do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” You seek our offering in our actions, making your love and compassion real. Help us to bring to you the fullness of the gifts that demand we live differently, that your kingdom might be here in our midst. We pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen.
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
August 18, 2019 - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Generous and giving God, you have poured your blessings down on us like a summer downpour or a waterfall, sustaining and renewing us. The gifts we dedicate to you are a small token in comparison to your goodness, but we pray that they offer you refreshment, in the knowledge that we long to grow in generosity. May our giving inspire justice and righteousness to grow and swell like a mighty river in our midst. We pray in the name of Christ, the Living Water. Amen. Isaiah 5:1-7
August 25. 2019 - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost,
God of creation and architect of the universe: you knew where to place the stars and when to set the cosmos in motion, and still you know each and every one of us. Before we were born, even in our mother’s womb, you knew us and had plans for us to be filled with your love and light and to bring that love and light to the world. Mighty and gentle God, may these gifts we dedicate this morning be used to bring light and hope to sisters and brothers we haven’t met yet. May our arms and legs be used to take that hope out into the world this day, and may our words and our prayers convey that love to those we meet. In the name of Christ, our Redeemer, we pray. Amen. Jeremiah 1:4-10
August Offertory Prayers & Invitation to the Offering were written by the Rev. Dr. Ken Sloane, Director, Stewardship & Generosity, Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church. firstname.lastname@example.org.