David S. Bell

Senior Design Partner

Offertory Prayers

September 18, 2016 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Faithful One, you have entrusted us with so many gifts that are more important than worldly possessions.  You have called us to be stewards of all that you have created.  We strive to fulfill your call to be generous stewards by openly sharing the bounty you have placed under our care.  We know that we visibly demonstrate our commitment to your work in this world by giving these tithes and offerings.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Luke 16:1-13

September 25, 2016 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Patient God, our ears listen attentively, yet our understanding is lacking.  Our eyes look wide open, yet human suffering is squarely in front of us.  Our hands stretch outward, yet remain listless.  Our voice encourages others, yet remains silent to those in despair.  Every day, we are faced with opportunities to respond.  Forgive us.  Awaken us.  Encourage us.  Call us again to respond by offering your salvation and your abundant life to others every day.  We humbly place these gifts before you.  Amen.  Luke 16:19-31

October 2, 2016Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy One, you guide our lives with truth and love.    You invite us to accept you with joy.  Yet, challenges to live as your disciples come with this acceptance.  Servant leadership can seem tedious.   We struggle to balance our desire to serve ourselves first and your call to serve others first.   We prayerfully present these tithes and offerings.  May they symbolize our renewed commitment to holding you as the guiding leader of our lives.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Luke 17:5-10

October 9, 2016 – Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
God of Healing, we thankfully acknowledge your infinite ability to reach out to those in need.   You intimately know our personal storms and private challenges. You sent your Holy Son to restore and to mend our broken faith.  We entrust these gifts to your care so that your reconciling love may be a beacon of hope for those in despair.  In your Holy Name, we pray.  Amen.  Luke 17:11-19

October 16, 2016 – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Gracious God, as described in the Book of Jeremiah, you pour out your new covenant for your people.  We rejoice in unison by sharing the messages you have written on our hearts.  Salvation in Jesus Christ is the prosperity we need to proclaim to those searching for your mercy and love.  Multiply these gifts so that ministries are provided with your people today who seek to be in a faithful relationship with you.  Amen.  Jeremiah 31:27-34

October 23, 2016 – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Caring God, we humble ourselves today by returning the bounty you first shared with us back to your care.  Without pretension or self-righteousness, we resolve to be slow to judge and ready to provide aid.  We strive to increase our commitment to being thoughtful, generous people.     Help us to be unassuming in our service but bold in our witness.  We pray in the name of the one who served you here on Earth, Jesus the Living Christ.  Amen.  Luke 18:9-14

October 30, 2016 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Precious Lord, you remind us through Scripture that we, like Zacchaeus, are descendants of Abraham.   We, too, are sinners in need of the redemptive love provided by Jesus.  Yet, we take comfort as we are embraced in your arms and feel the warmth of your love radiating through this place of worship.   We prayerfully ask that these gifts benefit your children who need to be blanketed in the safety and security of your tender care.  In love and gratitude, we pray.  Amen.  Luke 19:1-10

November 6, 2016 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
God of all generations, pour out your goodness on this bounty so it multiplies according to your will.  We rejoice in the teaching of Psalms as we strive to be more hopeful, merciful, and generous in our lives.  We are committed to sharing your mighty acts with those in despair.    We offer these gifts in thanksgiving and praise.  May our ministry satisfy the thirsty across our community and world.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Psalms 145: 1-5, 17-21

November 13, 2016 – Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Exalted Lord, how can we sufficiently prepare our hearts to stay firm in your love?  We praise your name with songs and prayers, yet are we truly ready to stand on your promises and risk persecution for being a fully committed Christian?  Are we devout to your will by the way we live and give?  Our offertory response is one means of answering those questions.  Thank you for this opportunity to dedicate these gifts as we become bold in our faith and slow in our judgment.   Let your stream of living water flow from our lips as we share your Good News.  Amen.  Luke 21: 5-19

November 20, 2016 – Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Gracious God, you provide hope for our future.  We join together in unison prayer knowing that you act as a loving parent who calms our worries and fears.   You consistently give us truth unclouded by the good that you work in our hearts.   Multiply these tithes and offerings so our hearts and our actions reflect your love.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.  Jeremiah 23:1-6

November 27, 2016 – First Sunday of Advent
God of the Advent, as we joyfully enter this time of waiting, we feel nestled and safe in your everlasting peace.  You have taught us the paths and choices that lead to being in your Temple.  We wait hushed in anticipation of the coming of your son.  He serves as the guide of our lives and the shepherd of our souls.  We hope to emulate his generosity and compassion as we share these gifts.  Use these gifts so others can be blanketed with the warmth of your unconditional love, like a newborn baby wrapped in the loving arms of a parent.  Amen.  Isaiah 2:1-5

December 4, 2016 – Second Sunday of Advent
Lord of our life, the path to you is straight, yet we waiver in our behavior like the Pharisees and Sadducees.   Our hopes and dreams often are self-serving and materialistic.  We rush through this season buying gifts that we hope will convey just the right message.  However, you invite us to ask ourselves if we are equally as busy preparing messages that proclaim the Good News to a hurting world.   Through giving, remind us again, O God, of the baptismal covenant.  This Advent, may we proclaim a message that is exemplified by our generosity, our kindness, and our prayers.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 3:1-12

December 11, 2016 – Third Sunday of Advent
Redeeming God, you sent us your messenger, John the Baptist, to prepare our hearts and souls for the coming of Christ.   Multiply these gifts to echo his message of your greatness and glory.   Open our ears to the needs of your people shrouded in depression and despair.  Use our voices to tell your stories and to lead others into the community of Christian fellowship.  Let our actions of faithful giving be a beacon of our complete devotion to your guidance in our lives.  We pray to your glory forever and ever.  Amen.  Matthew 11:2-11

December 18, 2016 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Father, teach us how to listen for your call in our lives.  Teach us how to be faithful stewards with the gifts you have entrusted to us.  Teach us how to use this offering as a source of your ministry and mission.  Teach us how to bow down on our knees and to spend time beholding the miracles all around us.  In the name of the greatest teacher, Emmanuel, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 1:18-25

December 24, 2016 – Christmas Eve
Glory to God in the highest heaven!  We praise your name with our offerings and tithes.  We give these gifts in recognition of Jesus, a tiny babe who from humble birth was created great in your light.  Thank you, Gracious God, for pure, unbounded love wrapped in clothes laying in a manger – a gift so great to share that it could not be contained.  Let the joy we feel in our hearts overflow in unending praise.  Amen.  Luke 2:1-14

December 26, 2016 – First Sunday after Christmas
Compassionate God, your mercy and unfailing love are as constant as the rising sun.   You offer us salvation and swaddle us in your Holy Word.  You sent us the example of living and giving by sharing your son, Jesus Christ, and by asking us to follow his ways.  We are now ready to follow those ways.  We place upon your table the fruits of our labors as an outward sign of our commitment to your bounteous grace.  We pray in the name of the one born in a stable, Emmanuel, God with us.  Amen.  Matthew 2:13-23 

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