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Offertory Prayers and Invitation for February 2016

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

Clara BiswasThe offering you made last week empowered ministry within our congregation and in response to the needs of our community. It also helped support the work of ministries beyond the local church that empower the whole church to reach out to those who need to hear the good news of love and redemption. You’ve supported those who work on our behalf in mission fields here and abroad, on the other side of the world and sometimes on the other side of town. One of those persons is General Board of Global Ministries missionary Clara Biswas, who works with street children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. These poorest of the poor children spend much of the their days picking through garbage dumps as they try to find ways to help their families cope with the poverty that traps them. Clara sees that they have opportunities for school, Sunday school, and the chance to hear and see the love of God made real in Jesus Christ This ministry happens thanks to the generous support of United Methodists like you. I invite you once again to give generously as we worship God through the sharing of our gifts, tithes, and offering. (UMNS Photo by Paul Jeffrey, GBGM).

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February 7, 2016 – Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany/Transfiguration of the Lord

Glorious God, you graciously reveal the light of your wisdom to humankind. We stand in awe of you. In Christ, you set aside the veil that separated us from you. Your Spirit is transforming us to become more like Jesus. We thank you for entrusting the ministries of this church to our care. Use these offerings to encourage and enlighten our friends and neighbors. We pray in the name of your Son. Amen. (Exodus 34:29-35 and 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2)

February 14, 2016 – First Sunday in Lent

O Lord, our God, you help us throughout our lives. It is by your faithfulness and generosity that we receive what we need. Today, we are mindful of those who are refugees, those who need a home, and those looking for work. In gratitude, we celebrate the bounty you have given. Receive this offering as our first fruits to bless others through the mission of this congregation. Amen. (Deuteronomy 26:1-11)

February 21, 2016 – Second Sunday in Lent

Dear God, our Savior, you grant us citizenship in heaven. In your Son Jesus, we find peace and freedom from the consumerism of this world. May our minds be set not on earthly things, but on your ultimate purposes. Help us to place our hope in you. In trust, we dedicate these gifts for your service. Let more people come to know your saving help in Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Philippians 3:17-4:1)

February 28, 2016 – Third Sunday in Lent

Holy God, you offer abundance to all who are thirsty and hungry. You call out, drawing us near so that we will listen and delight in your ways. Thank you for giving us new life in Christ. Help us to set aside that which is not worthy of our time. May we turn our attention to you and the joy we find in serving our community. Accept the offering of ourselves, our time, talent, and treasure in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Isaiah 55:1-9)