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Dedication: delight

Lord, you take delight in us
and fill us with every good thing
so that all who hunger may share in our joy.
Receive what we offer as testimony to your goodness,
and let these gifts lead to rejoicing
in your church and all your world;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

Dedication: proclaim glory

God of life,
in raising Jesus from the dead,
you triumphed over the power of the grave
and opened the way to your kingdom of life.
You have called us to bear witness to your good news.
Let the gifts we dedicate, and the lives we lead,
proclaim the glory of the risen Christ,
in whose name we pray.
Alleluia! Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

dedication: every good thing

Blessed are you, O Lord, God of all creation; in your mercy you provide every good thing for us. Receive these offerings as signs of our commitment to serve you all our days. We give ourselves in the name of the coming Christ. Amen.

 

Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, IA

Dedication: favor

Gracious God, you have looked with favor upon us and provided us with everything we need. We gratefully return this portion of your gifts to you, celebrating your enduring faithfulness to your promise, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, IA

dedication: filled to overflowing

We praise you, O God, for you have given yourself to us in Jesus Christ. You have fed us at the table of blessing. You have filled us to overflowing with good things. Receive our offering of gratitude and joy, in the name of the coming Christ. Amen.

 

Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, IA

Dedication: opportunity to give

God our strength, you give us so very much, and your blessings grow and multiply in our lives. You call us to share your gifts with others, and so we obey. We thank you for the opportunity to give, and we dedicate these offerings to your work in the world. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

dedication: abundance

God of justice,
we have received so much from you,
and we gladly respond with the abundance of our giving.
Receive what we offer as a sign of our commitment
to do justice for all people,
to seek after mercy in all things,
and to walk humbly with you all our days.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

confession: gifts

Creator God, with each breath of life you breathe, you give gifts to your creation, calling us to use your gifts to build up your kingdom on earth. We confess that sometimes we do not see your gifts for the treasures they are. We either take credit for them ourselves, or we dismiss them as not important. We privilege some gifts over others, forgetting that you care about tiny things as much as big things. And when we are called upon to use our gifts for your glory, so often we find ourselves distracted by our own desire and uncertain of your direction. Forgive us. Open our ears to hear you speaking, and our hearts to embrace your purpose. Amen.    ~silence~

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL

Dedication: we wait upon you

Almighty God our refuge,
you provide all things for those who wait upon you.
We present these offerings to you as signs of our trust,
knowing that your angels guard all our ways.
Show us your salvation, today and forever,
we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion, IA

Dedication–consolation

 Prayer of Dedication (based on 2 Cor. 1:3-11) – Narrative 5/22/16

Blessed are you, O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! We give thanks for the blessings you have granted us, and we commit these offerings to your use. Receive them and bless them for the consolation of all who are in need, just as we have been consoled in Christ. Thanks be to God! Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion IA