Nov 20, 2013

Offering Prayer: Matthew 3: 1-12

Here’s a prayer for the offering inspired by Matthew 3: 1-12, where John the Baptist confronts the Pharisees and Sadducees.  It was written by David S. Bell.

Prayer for the Offering
(inspired by Matthew 3: 1-12)

Lord of our life, the path to you is straight,
yet we waiver in our behavior like the Pharisees and Sadducees.  
Our hopes and dreams often are self-serving and materialistic. 
We rush through this season buying gifts
that we hope will convey just the right message. 
However, you invite us to ask ourselves if we are equally as busy
preparing messages that proclaim the Good News to a hurting world.  
Through giving, remind us again, O God, of the baptismal covenant. 
This Advent, may we proclaim a message that is exemplified
by our generosity, our kindness, and our prayers. 
In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen. 

~ written by David S. Bell, and posted on Design Group International. http://davidsbell.org/Offertory_Prayers.html