Oct 2, 2012

Offering: Giving Generously

Here’s an invitation and prayer for the offering, using 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.

Invitation to the Offering
(2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

“Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop.
But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.
You must each decide in your heart how much to give.
And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.
‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’
And God will generously provide all you need.
Then you will always have everything you need
and plenty left over to share with others.” 

Prayer for the Offering

Gracious God,
You call us to let go of the things we cling to
and step out in faith,
trusting in Your love and provision.

Give us courage to step out boldly,
to plant our small seeds generously, and without fear.
Use our gifts to accomplish more than we could possibly imagine,
so that, through us, Your kingdom might come
and Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.  Amen