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Dedication—claiming resurrection

God of grace,
you are the source of all we have gained,
but your greatest gift is the new life we receive in Christ.
We offer these gifts as signs of our commitment
to claim Christ’s resurrection as your gift,
for you have claimed us in his life. Amen.

 

Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Des Moines, IA

dedication/stewardship commitment: Choose This Day

Choose this day, whom you will serve
We serve the Lord with gladness!
God is good, all the time. God’s generosity extends far beyond our wildest imaginings.
We thank you God, with renewed gratitude.
With hands and feet, hearts and voices…
We serve the Lord with gladness!
We remember, O Lord, how you brought slaves out of Egypt, how you humbled yourself into human form, and how you bring this collection of people in to be your heavenly body on earth.
We pledge to live in witness to your legacy of freedom and in service to your holy name. 
Following the vision you have given us: of humble service and self-sacrifice, we boldly step out in faith.
We commit to you, O God, using our time, talents, and treasure, to serve with gladness. 
Amen.
 
Submitted by Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben, Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church, Canyon Lake, TX

CTW: commitment

Submitted by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church, North Plainfield, NJ

One: We come today O Lord to make an offering to You.
All: Our lives, our vocations, our work, everything to You.
One: We come today O Lord to make an offering to You.
All: Our commitments, our callings, our selves, to You.
One: We come to today O Lord to make an offering to You.
All: Our communities, our congregation, all of it is for You.
Together: Today O Lord, we recommit ourselves, to You—who first called us to Life. Alleluia! Amen!

confession: monotony v. risk

Submitted by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church, North Plainfield NJ

Today, O Lord, we confess that too often in life we have failed to remember that you created, called, and sent us into Your world. We have failed to acknowledge and live into this great gift with joy and celebration. We prefer work of monotony to the work of risk-taking. We crave predictable and safe lives to prophetic life-risking action. Remind us again of our callings. Renew in us your Spirit and your urgent thirst for the peace and justice you desire for all of Creation. Disturb our peace and draw us closer to you in Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.