Offertory Prayers and Invitation for November 2015

by the Rev. Rosanna Anderson

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

Sustainable Agriculture - GBGM file photo by Judith SantiagoYour offering last week empowered ministry within your congregation and in response to the needs of the community. It also helped support the work of ministries beyond the local church, such as the work of the General Board of Global Ministries in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. The work done in our name goes far beyond giving food to hungry people. It provides tools and education, and it removes barriers so people have what they need to feed themselves. You give additional support to this work when you purchase free trade products. These kinds of cooperative efforts happen all across our connection, 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.

Learn more about the work and impact of the General Board of Global Ministries at:
http://www.umcmission.org


November 1, 2015 – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide

O Lord, you are the mighty One who commands the armies of heaven! Yet you know and care for the poor and grieving. Your Son Jesus wept at the death of his friend, Lazarus. We rejoice that you have destroyed the power of death forever in Christ’s resurrection. Thank you for the new life and hope that you so freely give. We dedicate our offerings for the work of this church. May you wipe away the tears from the eyes of all who mourn in our community. We pray in your holy name. Amen. (Isaiah 25:6-9, John 11:32-44)

November 8, 2015 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide

Living God, you miraculously provide for our needs, beyond what we could imagine. Thank you for showing us people of faith who live according to your Word. Guide us by your Spirit to be like the poor widows of ancient days—people who trust in you wholeheartedly. Free us from fear, so that we will open our hands and faithfully share our tithes and offerings. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. (1 Kings 17:8-16, Mark 12:38-44)

November 15, 2015 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide

Gracious God, we praise you, for you answer our prayers. Even before we ask, you are working out your purposes in our life and in the world. Give us patience as we await your response to our petitions. Lead us to look around and recognize the people to whom we could show compassion. Let the money we give today be used to address the concerns of people in need, both locally and in the wider church. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen. (1 Samuel 1:4-20)

November 22, 2015 – Christ the King Sunday/Last Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, you are the King of glory! You fulfilled your promises in the faithfulness of your Son, Jesus. Thank you for making Jesus the Christ eternal king through his resurrection and glorious ascension. The light of his throne shines like a sunrise on people in shadows and sadness. Use our gifts to spread the radiance of the good news so that more people will experience glimpses of your heavenly realm until Christ returns in glory. Amen. (2 Samuel 23:1-7)

November 29, 2015 – First Sunday of Advent

Dear God of our salvation, we rejoice in your steadfast love. You lead us by your Holy Spirit in paths of righteousness and peace. Draw us closer to you and teach us your way. May our thankfulness overflow in generosity to friends, neighbors, and strangers. Extend the reach of our congregation so that our offerings will help others learn of your grace and goodness. We pray in the name of Jesus, our redeemer. Amen. (Psalm 25:1-10)

Categories: Worship & Prayer, Offertory Prayers

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