SERMONS AND PRAYERS Offertory Scripture Sentences
Below are some scripture verses appropriate for use in worship as part of an invitation to return to God our Tithes and Offerings.
This list was suggested by Hilbert J. Berger in his booklet */Now, Concerning the Offering/* (©1987, by the author, Discipleship Resources, Nashville).
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren \\ Glen Arm, Maryland USA
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/"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."/
(2 Corinthians 9:7)
/"...the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."/
(2 Corinthians 9:6)
/"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits."/
/"Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."/
(Jesus said,) /'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'/ (Matthew 25:40)
/"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life."/
/"... remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’"/
/"Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy."/
(1 Corinthians 4:1-2)
/"...for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work."/
(2 Corinthians 9:7b-8)
/"So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith."/
/"...all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you."/
/"Yours, O LORD, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all."/
(1 Chronicles 29:11)
/"Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts."/
/"Know that the LORD is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture."/
/"What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD, I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people."/
/"In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."/
/"Honor the LORD with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce."/
(Jesus said,) /"From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded."/
/"...for ‘the earth and its fullness are the Lord's.’"/
(1 Corinthians 10:26)
/"For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich."/
(2 Corinthians 8:9)
/"They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed; all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you."/
/"A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water."/
/"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."/
/"I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."/
/"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?
For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body."/
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
/"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"/ (2 Corinthians 9:15)
/"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness."/
(1 Timothy 6:10-11)
/"As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment."/
(1 Timothy 6:17)
/"Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."/ (Hebrews 13:15-16)
/"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.
To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever.
Amen."/ (1 Peter 4:10-11)
/"So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift."/
/"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?"/
/"For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?"/
/And Jesus said to them, "Take care!
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions."/
/"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."/ (Ephesians 5:1-2)
/"For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do."/
/"But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act--they will be blessed in their doing."/
/"How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?"/ (1 John 3:17)
/"Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!"/
PRAYER \\ Lord of the harvest, we bring you our thanks.
Whether we see ourselves as scattered seed, full of potential, or as the ground, producing the growth; as workers sowing and reaping in your fields, or as the harvest of your efforts; No matter how we see ourselves, help us to see you in it all.
From planting, to tending, to gathering in, you are with us every step of the way.
\\ As we give our offerings this morning, nurture our present level of faith, and challenge us to greater trust.
Through him who is our Alpha & Omega, our beginning and our end, Jesus Christ.
/(off-a-3) /PRAYER \\ O God, we live in a world that teaches "do your own thing" and "have it your way," Teach us, instead, the wisdom of "Have Thine own way" and "We give Thee but Thine own." .....
In this offering, may we be making the subtle shift from our way to your way, from the slavery of selfishness to the freedom of faithfulness.