a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

dedication: inspire our faith

Gracious God, you have given us so much.  As a gesture of our gratitude and stewardship for all of your wonderful gifts, we return a portion back to you.  We ask your blessing upon this morning’s offering, that it may enrich the lives of those it benefits, that it may strengthen this church, and that it may inspire our faith.  Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Sarah Rentzel Jones, pastor of St. Peter’s (Lischey’s) UCC in Spring Grove, PA

dedication: first fruits

a perfect prayer of dedication for tax time or stewardship season…

 

Holy God, we give you thanks for the many blessings you bestow upon us.  We ask that you might bless the small portion that we return to you—the first fruits of that which we receive.  We ask that you might use your heavenly power to multiply our gifts, so that we may see good work done both in this church and in the world, on your behalf.  Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Sarah Rentzel Jones, pastor of St. Peter’s (Lischey’s) UCC in Spring Grove, PA

dedication: in giving we are fed

Faithful and Generous God, we share this evening that which we are able, knowing that it is just a small portion of all that we have received.  We pray that you will see these offerings used to benefit those in need, that they might be fed in body, mind, and spirit.  We know that in the very act of giving, we ourselves are fed.  We thank you for the opportunity to share our gifts, and we ask that you would inspire us to be ever more generous, as you are abundantly generous to us.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Sarah Rentzel Jones, pastor of St. Peter’s (Lischey’s) UCC in Spring Grove, PA

dedication: looking toward the Passion

O God, you are with us as we plunge to the depths of despair and rise yet victorious.  You understand when we stumble, and you pick us up when we fall.  May our gifts be testaments of our gratitude for all you do for us.  May our pledge to stand by you be shown in what we are willing to share with the world, and may this church help to share your love with all around us.  In Christ’s steadfast name we pray, Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Sarah Rentzel Jones, pastor of St. Peter’s (Lischey’s) UCC in Spring Grove, PA

dedication: no matter why we give

Gracious God, we give for many reasons.  We give out of habit, we give because it is commanded, we give because our blessings overflow.  Help us to remain generous as we leave this place, to continue to support your church not just monetarily but in our words and deeds, and to support one another through our prayers and friendship.  In Your name we pray, Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Sarah Rentzel Jones, pastor of St. Peter’s (Lischey’s) UCC in Spring Grove, PA.

there’s always more

Some weeks just feel like there’s always one more thing to do. This week it was the Ash Wednesday bulletin, then the Sunday bulletin, then the Wednesday service, now thinking about those parts of the Sunday service that aren’t in the bulletin–because there’s so much more to worship than what’s printed there, right?

This week we have a prayer of dedication from the Rev. Sarah Rentzel Jones, pastor of St. Peter’s (Lischey’s) UCC in Spring Grove, PA…may it spark our thinking and praying and creating! What else do you need for this week? A prayer for illumination? A children’s time? A call to confession? Share you ideas here!

Dedicating the Offering
We give Thee but Thine own, O Lord, and we do this intentionally each week to remind ourselves that everything we have is on loan from you. The gifts that we have presented today are not all that we have, but a portion which we set aside, so that your work can be done in this church and in the world. Help us to be ever mindful of your generosity toward us, so that we might be generous in return. Amen.