David S. Bell

Senior Design Partner

Offertory Prayers

January 5, 2014 – Second Sunday after Christmas Day
Holy One, your light has come.  Your light shines brightly in our humble lives.  We place this offering upon your altar as an outpouring of your light within us.  Glory halleluiah!  Amen.  John 1:1-18

January 12, 2014 – Baptism of the Lord
God of glory and strength, we share this offering with you as a response to your powerful acts in our own lives. We share our financial resources with you because of the splendorous ways that you have blessed us. Your majestic spirit fills our lives like the mighty waters fill the oceans. All glory is given to you, Lord God. In your powerful name, we pray. Amen. Psalm 29

January 19, 2014 - Second Sunday after Epiphany
O God, we recognize that we have been blessed with great abundance.  In offering these gifts, may we be strengthened to proclaim your faithfulness and your salvation this day and always.  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Amen.  Psalm 40:1-11

January 26, 2014 – Third Sunday after Epiphany
Great God of Heaven and Earth, you call us to leave behind our preoccupations and to follow you into the future.  Sometimes we find your call challenging.  We are comfortable, maybe even complacent, in our present.  May this act of giving be a gesture of our willingness to follow where you lead.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 4:12-23

February 2, 2014 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Blessed One, we discover such a contrast to our present culture when we read the Beatitudes.  We rejoice that these generous gifts will strengthen this congregation’s ability to engage in ministries of peace, mercy, comfort, and truth.   We dedicate them to you in gratitude for your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  Matthew 5:1-12

February 9, 2014 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
O God, there are many things we do not understand. We do not understand the emptiness of accumulation nor our desire to acquire more. Our desire to live this year more fully and faithfully is even a mystery . . . but it is real. Our gifts today are symbols of our hope and inner yearnings. Receive them and transform them by the mysterious power of your love. Amen.

February 16, 2014 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Evidence of your love is all around us — but we are often blind to it. Most of us spend more time ignoring you than doubting you. By placing money in the offering this day, we declare our trust in your goodness. Our giving is a way we announce to ourselves and to the world that ultimate importance is not in our scheming, but in your purposes. Receive these gifts as our way of applauding your power and love. Amen.

February 23, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
We acknowledge, O God, your call involves more than fancy words and theological concepts. Your call involves our lives and the "daily-ness" of living. Even the evidence of our pocketbooks, billfolds, and credit card statements describes our priorities. We give both to make a difference in the world and to remind ourselves about our priorities. Accept these gifts as our commitment to put first things first. In Jesus' name, Amen.

March 2, 2014 – Transfiguration Sunday
Majestic Lord, transfigure our simple gifts in a way that will inspire all people to proclaim your everlasting message of love.  Strip away our biased convictions so that through our selfless giving we can gaze clearly on your vision for our lives.  In the name of your Son, the Beloved One, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 17:1-9

March 9, 2014 – First Sunday in Lent
Blessed Father, daily you reveal the glory and splendor of your kingdom.  By concentrating our gifts on buying convenience and familiarity, we diminish your offer of abundant grace.  Enable us through this offering to focus on your way and not on the temptations of this world.  We pray humbly in your Spirit.  Amen.  Matthew 4:1-11

March 16, 2014 – Second Sunday in Lent
Creator God, you cradle us with your sanctifying spirit.  In sharing these gifts, change our timid murmurs of faith to joyful proclamations of your holy will.  We believe and pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.  Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

March 23, 2014 – Third Sunday in Lent
O God, our gifts are so minute in comparison to your bounty.  Transform our simple offering into ministries that quench parched lives with the water of eternal life.  Nurture our need to share your water and your spirit through the gifts that you have given us so freely.  In the name of the One who is the Messiah, we pray.  Amen.  John 4:5-42

March 30, 2014 – Fourth Sunday in Lent
Gracious Lord, as followers who are blinded by your wondrous light, we seek to be amplified beacons of your astonishing light to others.  Help us to reflect your love by listening to your call and to your will for our lives.  In gratitude, we dedicate these gifts in the name of the one who lived, died, and rose for our sake, Jesus Christ.   Amen.  John 9:1-41

April 6, 2014 – Fifth Sunday in Lent
Living God, we thank you for the privilege of giving in your exalted name.  We value our ability to give in a way that honors your spirit.  As we present our offerings, we remain secure in our knowledge that you will sustain us by your redeeming grace and your infinite love.  May your righteous spirit always dwell in our hearts.  Amen.  Romans 8: 6-11

April 13, 2014 – Palm Sunday
Blessed Lord, we surrender our lives to your prophetic message of salvation.  You have given us the gift of enduring steadfast love.  Multiply these gifts so that we may share the magnitude of your joy-filled message throughout our community and world.  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!   Amen.  Matthew 21:1-11

April 20, 2014 – Easter Sunday
O God, you unconditionally share your only son with all who believe in your name.  On this holy day, receive our offerings as an affirmation of our commitment to be your faithful disciples.  Strengthen our ability to be gifted stewards of your created world.  We pray in the name of the Resurrected One, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  Amen.  John 20:1-18

April 27, 2014 – Second Sunday of Easter
O God, you have blessed us. We find it hard to name and explain your blessings so that they will make sense to others. Yet they are real. We are grateful . . . for friends, for faith, for freedom. Now, we offer these gifts in thankfulness and in joy. We are giving money and rejoicing about it. We can't explain it, even to ourselves, as we offer these gifts. We rejoice because we offer this money to be used for good in this world. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.  John 20:19-31

May 4, 2014 – Third Sunday of Easter
God of Truth and Light, we offer you these gifts with humble hearts.  We yearn to share your unmistakable presence with all people.  While we often find temporary security in our possessions, remind us that true security comes from our relationship with you through your son, Jesus Christ.  Strengthen and entrust us to be your faithful disciples.  In the name of the Exalted One, we pray.  Amen.  Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

May 11, 2014 – Fourth Sunday of Easter
Heavenly Father, we seek to be the sheep of your holy pasture.  As we dedicate these offerings, help us to examine carefully the deepest recesses of our own hearts.  Guide our ways so that we may share abundantly your love and your compassion with those seeking your pasture.  We pray in the name of the Risen One.  Amen.  John 10:1-10

May 18, 2014 – Fifth Sunday of Easter
Gracious Lord, we believe in the amazing gift of your son.  We share this offering with the unceasing prayer that your work in this world will spring up and break forth in all corners of this global community.  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Amen.  John 14:1-14

May 25, 2014 – Sixth Sunday of Easter
Generous and loving God, we remember. We remember the others who have encouraged us. Many people have taught us. We have been forgiven. We have been loved. We admit that we haven't done it all ourselves. In a way, this offering is a response to all that has come before us. We pray that the money will be used to encourage, to teach, to forgive, and to love in Jesus' name.  Amen.  John 14:15-21

June 1, 2014 – Seventh Sunday of Easter
Majestic Lord, you unselfishly provide us with the sanctuary of your love.  You wisely calm our imagined fears while nurturing our dream-filled hopes.  Grant us the ability to serve you faithfully.  Joyfully, we honor you with these tithes and offerings.  Blessed be your name!  Amen.  Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

June 8, 2014 – Day of Pentecost
Loving Father, you quench our spiritual and emotional thirst through the life-giving love of your son, Jesus Christ.  This Pentecost, we immerse ourselves in the river of living water, your Holy Spirit.  Receive and multiply our gifts so that all people may experience the security of your ever-lasting love.  We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.  John 7:37-39

June 15, 2014 – First Sunday after Pentecost (Trinity Sunday)
Almighty God, we gather in the name of the one to whom all authority is given – Jesus Christ.  As we offer you this money, you ask us to renew our commitment to be your faith-filled disciples.  May our lifestyles reflect a desire to be in mission for others.  In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 28:16-20

June 22, 2014 – Second Sunday after Pentecost
Loving God, we thank you. We thank you for your creation. We thank you for the gift of your son. We thank you for your presence in our lives. We recognize that you are greater than any of our attempts to describe you. We have come to a time in the service to say "thank you" with our economic resources — our money. May everything we do in this worship service express gratitude — the songs that we sing, the prayers that we offer, the words that we read, the conversations that we have, and even these gifts that we now make to spread the good news of your son, Jesus Christ. May even these gifts be a gesture of “losing our lives” for your sake. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.  Matthew 10:24-39

June 29, 2014 – Third Sunday after Pentecost
Nurturing God, who welcomes all who sincerely believe in your sustaining grace, we are grateful that you compassionately offer your children an eternal home.  We recognize that this offering is only one way that you call us to practice Christian discipleship.  So, combine these financial resources with our talents, prayers, and presence so that we may significantly influence the lives of others who seek your love.  Amen.  Matthew 10:40-42

July 6, 2014 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
God of Promise, many of us have trouble discerning the Living Christ in our lives.  Use these gifts to quiet the traffic and turmoil of life’s stresses.  Enable us through our faithful giving to discover a deeper reverence for Jesus’ gentle and humble message.   Lift our heavy burdens, so we can prayerfully respond to the peace and the calm repose that you provide for us today and forever.  In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 11;16-19, 25-30

July 13, 2014 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Almighty God, your boundless miracles in nature are such a small display of your awesome deeds.  You visibly enrich our lives with the bounty of the earth’s beauty.  How can we ever adequately honor the gift of an amethyst sunset or the fragility of a butterfly’s dance?  Abundantly increase these gifts so that we may be more faithful stewards of your entire creation. To you be all honor and glory.  Amen.  Psalm 65 (1-8), 9-13

July 20, 2014 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
God of Salvation, we seek to be children of your heavenly kingdom.  Yet, our self-deceiving ways cause us to believe that we will be more generous givers once we have satisfied our own personal, material desires.  Change our thinking.  Help us to be faithful disciples who recognize that everything we have in life is a gift from you.  Inspire us to share our resources as a response to your unconditional love.  Amen.  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 27, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Spirit, you search the recesses of our minds and the depths of our hearts.  You call us to be not only givers but also receivers of your gift of grace.  We believe that you will multiply our gifts to draw us nearer to your side.  As we offer these financial gifts, we are grateful to be joined to the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.  Romans 8:26-39

August 3, 2014 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Loving Father, you powerfully fill the voids in our lives.  You reveal your compassionate grace by the simple act of always being present.  You unselfishly feed us when we are hungry and quietly walk with us when we feel alone.  Combine this offering with others so that all of your children can be filled with the power of your redeeming spirit.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 14:13-21

August 10, 2014 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Loving God, your grace provides us with secure shelter even amid our times of doubt and despair.  Our lives periodically seem adrift from the refuge of your unwavering love.  Lift us from the depths of selfishness and greed.  Restore our hope and help us to find contentment in you so that we may offer these financial gifts as devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.  In his name, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 14:22-23

August 17, 2011 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Honestly God, your promise of a new life in Heaven seems so distant, so obscure!  Spectacles of violence and self-indulgence defile our conscious.  Sensitize us to the mosaic of personal and community struggles that envelope our brothers and sisters around the world.  Multiply these gifts for ministries that empower people to trust your holy Word.  We pray in the name of the holiest of teachers, Jesus the Messiah.  Amen.  Matthew 15:21-28

August 24, 2014 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Merciful Lord, you have provided each of us with many similar, yet unique gifts.  Thank you, Lord, for the talents and abilities of people within this congregation.  We are a blessed people!  Now, we unite as one body to share in this worshipful act of the offering.  Giving is such a joy-filled experience!  Thank you, Lord, for this opportunity to support the transformation of people’s spiritual lives through the ministry and mission of this body of Christ.  Amen.  Romans 12:1-8

August 31, 2014 –   Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
God of Compassion, sometimes we are reluctant to follow your divine authority and to place our entire trust in you.  We feel more secure trusting in our own ability and our own strength.  Thank you for this moment in our worship service when we are reminded that your unwavering, steadfast love engulfs us like a mother’s gentle caress.  Bless these gifts and we who give them.  Trusting in your heavenly grace, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 16:21-28

September 7, 2014 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Loving God, we are gathered together to listen to your Word and to witness to its’ truths.   We give joyously today and dedicate this offering to your work.  We are inspired to share your glorious love with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Increase our talents and offerings so that your name is exalted with unending praise.  Blessed is your name!  Amen.  Matthew 18:15-20

September 14, 2014 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Patient Lord, you amaze us each day with your ability to forgive our many sins.  You display merciful acts and answer our prayers in profound ways.  Help us to be stewards of your mercy and grace as these monetary gifts are transformed into active ministries.  Multiply the span of these ministries to reach people in new ways.  We pray in the name of the one who teaches true forgiveness, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  Matthew 18:21-35

September 21, 2014 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Knowing God, you have given us a never-wanting future.  Yet, we often forget the nature of your divine gift.  We become entangled in the snares of self-centeredness.  Today, we joyfully share these many offerings as a way to release ourselves from being self-focused to being God-focused.  In the name of your loving Son, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 20:1-16

September 28, 2014 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Faithful God, we gratefully acknowledge that you are the giver of all things.  You call us to share these gifts so that we may experience the joy and humility of giving to others.  We pray that this very act of offering our gifts to you will enable us to be obedient disciples of your work.  We are blessed to receive and to offer the message of salvation.  Jesus Christ is Lord.  Praise your holy name!  Amen.  Philippians 2:1-13

October 5, 2014 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Almighty God, you gave us your commandments and asked us to live according to your holy will.  As part of your design for honorable living, we participate in this simple act of giving.  We dedicate ourselves to living lives of honesty and peace.  Amen.  Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

October 12, 2014 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
God of Peace, we are confronted with so many overwhelming needs in our world.  Walk with us as we set aside our own desires and wants and join the call to alleviate human suffering.  Transform these financial gifts into genuine acts of concern and ministry to others.  In the name of the One who surpasses all understanding, we pray.  Amen.  Philippians 4:1-9

October 19, 2014 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
God of Wisdom, we rejoice that you have provided us with numerous examples of generous giving.   We obediently share this offering in full knowledge that all of our resources and assets are ultimately a gift from you.  Help us to use them wisely and to share them generously.  We pray in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life, so we may live abundantly.  Amen.  Matthew 22:15-22

October 26, 2014 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Lord, you have entrusted us with the awe-inspiring task of sharing the message of the Gospel.  We acknowledge that we cannot simply give money and expect your message to be spread.  We must consistently give ourselves by offering our time, talents, gifts, and service.  Stir within us the courage to be Christian stewards throughout our daily living.  Accept these gifts as a symbol of our love and commitment to you.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  I Thessalonians 2:1-8

November 2, 2011 – Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (All Saints’ Day Observed)
Loving Father, we humbly dedicate these tithes and offerings to your use.  Like the saints who have gone before us, we are comforted by the knowledge that you will multiply these gifts.  Allow this money to become a resource that lifts the shadows of despair from the recesses of people’s lives.  We recognize that only you can restore faith to the faithless, hope to the hopeless, and love to the loveless.  May your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!  Amen.  I Thessalonians 2:9-13

November 9, 2014 – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Lord of Wisdom, we faithfully believe in the promise of your Heavenly Kingdom.  Yet, we allow our personal living to determine our personal giving.  Enable us to be generous givers whose giving is not controlled by our personal wants.  Awaken our spirit to the knowledge that we have a limited time to give to your ministries.  We pray in the name of your Son, who will come again as Jesus the Christ.  Amen.  Matthew 25:1-13

November 16, 2014 – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Beloved Lord, you offer us a precious gift.  Your invitation to salvation through Jesus Christ frees us from so many unnecessary fears.  As children of your light, we present these gifts so that others may share in the timeless message of your love.  Encourage us to reflect your love to others, today and always.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.  I Thessalonians 5:1-11

November 23, 2014 – Christ the King Sunday
Exalted One, we joyfully celebrate our unlimited trust in your faithful promises.  We pray that all people will someday sound a cacophony of hallelujahs as they truly accept your steadfast love.  May these gifts that we gladly lay upon your altar enable ministries that support this chorus of praise.  We pray with praise and thanksgiving in our hearts.  Amen.  Psalm 100

November 30, 2014 – First Sunday of Advent
During this season of waiting and anticipation, we are reminded to stay awake for the coming of your Son.  Jesus’ love often comes into our lives in quiet, unexpected ways.  Today, we generously respond to this compassion and commit ourselves to living in a manner worthy of your love.  In anticipation of the coming of Jesus, the Savior, we pray.  Amen.  Mark 13:24-37

December 7, 2014 – Second Sunday of Advent
Loving God, you powerfully proclaim through your prophet John the need for us to repent of our sins and to prepare the way of the Lord.  We place these offerings upon your altar with the knowledge that they will support many ministries that proclaim your Good News and lead people on your path.  By offering you these generous gifts, we prepare ourselves to be led along your path of grace and love.  We pray with your guiding presence.  Amen.  Mark 1:1-8

December 14, 2014 – Third Sunday of Advent
Rejoicing God, we offer you thanks and praise for this season of anticipation, this season of Advent.  As we prepare for the birth of your son, we share our tithes and offerings with the joy and excitement that is common as one anticipates the birth of a new child.  Bless these gifts in your Holy Name.  Amen.  I Thessalonians 5:16-24

December 21, 2014 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Dear Father, we admit that Advent can be a challenging time.  We are not accustomed to waiting.  We live in a world of instant gratification.  Yet, you call us to wait, to anticipate, and to prepare for the birth of your son on Christmas Day.  Now, we are counting the days – seven more days until Christmas Day.  This countdown generates a variety of emotional responses – excitement, joy, relief, and maybe even panic.  Provide us with a sense of calm.  May the rhythm of worship and this offering moment calm us so that we are prepared to receive anew the birth of Jesus, the Christ Child.  Amen.  Luke 1:26-38

December 24, 2014 – Christmas Eve
Holy One, as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, we seek to honor you with these monetary gifts.  We know that everything in this world is a gift from you, O God, so we humbly return a generous portion of these gifts to you.  We pray that these gifts may help this church to change people’s lives and to spread your message of salvation.  In the name of the Babe lying in the manger, we pray.  Amen.  Luke 2:1-20

December 25, 2014 – Christmas Day
O God, we are stirred this Christmas morning to refocus our attention from the commercialism of Christmas to the miraculous birth of an infant who was born in a manger long ago.  You have given us such a precious gift.  Thank you, God.  We offer you these gifts as our gratitude for all that you give to us.  We pray in the name of that miraculous infant, the Baby Jesus.  Amen.  John 1:1-14

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