a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

prayer of dedication: here and now

We are sometimes a fearful people, Holy One.
But today, we place our trust, our hope and our faith in you.
Use these gifts – and all our lives – for the creation of your Reign on earth,
not in some distant future but here and now.
We give thanks.
Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell, Hillsdale Community Church – UCC, Portland, OR

prayer of dedication: thank you, Christ

Thank you, Christ, thank you.
We don’t always know how to show it.
We don’t always know how to say it.
We don’t even always know that we are feeling it.
Help us begin with this act of giving and these simple words.
Thank you, Christ, thank you.

Submitted by Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell, Hillsdale Community Church – UCC, Portland, OR

prayer of dedication: our gifts

God of Love, we seek to serve you.
Whether our gift is given freely or whether we hold back;
whether we offer abundantly or scrape off a portion;
whether we give joyfully or resentfully—
bless these gifts, we pray.
Lead us in your way,
so that through our gifts,
we may continue to grow
in your freedom, your abundance, and your joy.
Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell, Hillsdale Community Church – UCC, Portland, OR

prayer of dedication: shepherd of the lost, shepherd of the found

Shepherd of the lost,
each one of us,
no matter how insignificant or how important we are in the eyes of the world,
belongs to you.
Shepherd of the found,
we rejoice that each gift we give,
no matter how large or how small,
is appreciated by you.
Thank you for lifting us up and carrying us
today and every day.
Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell, Hillsdale Community Church – UCC, Portland, OR