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Offertory Prayers for Worship Leaders
Pastors and ushers, do you feel as if you say the same thing every week at offering time? The offertory prayer is no mere formality, but an opportunity for worship and learning. Take advantage of our list of stewardship prayers gathered from church prayer books old and new. You can even supplement these stewardship prayers with hymns or, better yet, with key Bible verses on generous giving and begin writing your own scriptural offertory prayers.
- Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we beseech thee, faithful stewards of thy great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.1
- O merciful Creator, whose hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us, we beseech thee, ever thankful for thy loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.2
- We dedicate this money, Lord, for the work of the church, and we ask you to use all that we have and are in your service. Amen.3
- Everything in heaven and earth comes from you, Lord. We give you only what is yours. May you be praised forever and ever. Amen.4
- Lord Jesus Christ, you were rich. Yet for our sakes, you became poor, so that through your poverty we might become rich. Accept this collection as a token of gratitude for all you have done. Amen.5
- Help us who have received so freely from you to give as freely in our turn, and so have the pleasure of giving as well as the happiness of receiving. Amen.6
- By means of these gifts, Lord, we express our longing that all men should acknowledge and obey you. Amen.7
- Father, every good gift comes from you. You give generously without refusing or reproaching anyone. May our gifts assist the preaching of the gospel, so that men may be remade in your likeness. Amen.8
- As we bring this offering, Father, we acknowledge that the money we do not bring is yours as well. Help us to use it as may best further your purpose and benefit our fellow men. Amen.9
- Father, Creator, everything on earth is yours. We have nothing that can make you richer, for it all comes from you in the first place. But what we have, we bring: the acknowledgement that we live thanks to you, and that without you we have nothing and can do nothing. Father, Redeemer, everything on earth is doubly yours. Though it belonged to you in the first place, men treated it as theirs, refusing to recognize your rights. But you sent your Son to claim what ought never to have been denied you; and he paid the world’s ransom with his life. Amen.10
- Lord, it’s so easy for us to hold on tightly to the money we earn. Help us to realize that you alone gave us the ability to do our jobs and to earn the money that we do. Help us to be open-handed in our giving to show our thanks to you. Bless these gifts. Amen.11
- Only You, Lord, know whether our offering is generous or only another way we show our selfish nature. Forgive us when we do not give generously or when we lack supporting your work in our world. Amen.12
- Creator God, we know that you have made everything in this world. You have been so generous to us every day. We pray that this church will show our generosity in giving back to you what is already yours. Amen.13
- Our Father, we thank you for this place we have to worship you. We so easily take for granted the church building, the staff that keeps the church running smoothly, the lights and plumbing and all the other things it takes to hold our worship services each week. Help us to realize that while it may not be what we consider to be an exciting cause, it is one that is important to your cause. Bless this offering. Amen.14
- Lord, may we always give our gifts to you as a thank offering for the magnificent gift of Jesus that you so generously gave to us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.15
- Give us, Lord, a heart that gladly gives. Even as you gave your all for us, so may we give our all to you. May we not give out of our abundance, but out of our poverty. In Christ, Amen.16
- Father, make giving a blessing and not a burden. As we reflect more and more on all you have given us, make us eager and willing givers of all the gifts you have poured down on us. Make each one of us grateful. In Christ, Amen.17
- Touch our hearts, Father, with your love so that we may urgently plead for the privilege of sharing our resources with others. May your grace shown to us in Jesus Christ make us generous givers. Amen.18
- Lord God, giving is for all ages. As parents may we raise our children to give. May we teach them to give of themselves and of the resources you have so graciously provided. In Jesus’ name, Amen.19
- Father, may we not rob ourselves of your riches by robbing you of what is rightfully yours. Make us generous givers and so fill us with the abundance of your goodness. In Christ, Amen.20
- All gifts are thine, O God, and of thine own have we given thee. By the leading of thy Spirit may we render to thee that which thou most desirest, even our whole heart and mind and will, in loving and grateful service. (The Rodborough Bede Book)21
- O God, who hast so greatly loved us and mercifully redeemed us, give us grace, that in everything we may yield ourselves, our wills, and our works, a continual thank offering unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.22
- O God, most merciful and gracious, of whose bounty we have all received, we beseech thee to accept this offering of thy people. Remember in thy love those who have brought it, and those for whom it is given. And so follow it with thy blessing that it may promote peace and good will among men, and advance the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.23
- O God, of whose bounty we have all received, accept this offering of the people, and so follow it with thy blessing that it may promote peace and good will among men, and advance the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.24
- O God, the fountain of all good, we bring to thee our gifts, according as thou has prospered us. Enable us with our earthly things to give thee the love of our hearts and the service of our lives. Let thy favor, which is life, and thy loving-kindness, which is better than life, be upon us now and always. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.25
- Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast not spared thine own Son, but delivered him up for us all, and who with him hast freely given us all things, receive these offerings which we bring and dedicate to thee, and enable us with all our gifts so to yield ourselves to thee that with body, soul, and spirit we may truly and freely serve thee, and in they service find our deepest joy. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.26
- O Lord our God, the giver of all good, we beseech thee to behold in these our gifts the earnest of our consecration to they service, and grant that now and at all times our gratitude to thee may be as great as our need for thy mercy. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.27
- O Lord our God, the king of all the earth, accept of thine infinite goodness the offerings of thy people, which in obedience to thy commandment and in honor of thy name, we give and dedicate to thee, and grant unto us that the same, being devoted to thy service, may be used for thy glory. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.28
- O God, who needest not to be enriched with any gifts that we may bring, yet who lovest the cheerful giver, receive these our offerings which we present before thee, and with them ourselves, our souls and our bodies, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to thee. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.29
- O Lord our God, who givest liberally and upbraidest not, teach us to give cheerfully of our substance for thy cause and kingdom. Let thy blessing be upon our offerings, and grant us to know the joy of those who give with their whole heart. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.30
- O Lord, giver of life and source of freedom, we know that all we have received is from your hand. Gracious and Loving Father, you call us to be stewards of your abundance, the caretakers of all you have entrusted to us. Help us to always use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously. Send the Holy Spirit to work through us, bringing your message to those we serve. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. We pray with grateful hearts, in Jesus’ name. Amen.31
- Loving God, we come to you in thanksgiving, knowing that all we are and all we have is a gift from you. In faith and love, help us to do your will. We are listening, Lord God. Speak your words into the depths of our souls, that we may hear you clearly. We offer to you this day all the facets of our lives, whether it be at home, at work, or at school – to be patient, to be merciful, to be generous, to be holy. Give us the wisdom and insight to understand your will for us and the fervor to carry out our good intentions. We offer our gifts of time, talent and possessions to you as a true act of faith, to reflect our love for you and our neighbor. Help us to reach out to others as you our God have reached out to us. Amen.32
- Teach us, O God, how to glorify thee in our offerings, and how to enrich the life of the world with the overflow of goodness from the cup of blessing which thou hast filled so bountifully. And this we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.33
- Take thou what we here offer, O God, and may it be multiplied, as was the bread when he blessed and brake it who was himself the bread of life. Multiply that portion of our goods which we retain for our own use if thou seest we may be trusted as thy stewards. Our prayer is in the master’s name. Amen.34
- We bring thee these gifts, our Father. They were all thine before we called them ours. All things come from thee. Thou hast the sovereign right to command them. Thou hast commanded our strength. We yield obedience to thy perfect will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.35
- O God, whose we are and whom we serve, grant, we pray, that these offerings may have both the nature and the value of worship. Our prayers, our hymns, our songs, our hearing of thy Word, our very silence in meditation are parts of our worship. Shall we not praise thee also with our gifts? We offer them in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.36
- Give sight to any who may be blinded by luxury and deliverance to any who may be bound by want, that the rich may be rich in good works and the poor may have an inheritance of those who abound in faith. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.37
- Take, Lord, and receive all my freedom, my memory, my intelligence, and my will—all that I have and possess. You, Lord, have given those things to me. I now give them back to you, Lord. All belongs to you. Dispose of these gifts according to your will. I ask only for your love and your grace, for they are enough for me. (Ignatius Loyola, 1491-1556)38
- Lord of all things, I offer myself to you. I offer not only my labor, but also my affections and emotions. I am willing to defy my own sensitivities and desires in your service, with your grace and favor. (Ignatius Loyola, 1491-1556)39
- Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to seek reward, save that of knowing that I do your will. (Ignatius Loyola, 1491-1556)40
- Thou hast given so much to me. Give one thing more, a grateful heart. (George Herbert, 1593-1633)41
- Eternal God, my sovereign Lord, I acknowledge all I am, all I have, is yours. Give me such a sense of your infinite goodness that I may return to you all possible love and obedience. (John Wesley, 1703-1791)42
- Lord Jesus, I give thee my body, my soul, my substance, my fame, my friends, my liberty, and my life. Dispose of me, and of all that is mine, as it seemeth best to thee, and to the glory of thy blessed name. (John Cosin, 1594-1672)43
- Lord, shall we delay any longer our offering to you of all that we have and all that we are? Shall we keep back any longer the complete gift of our free will, which we cling to so stubbornly? Shall we refuse to stretch out our will on the wood of your cross, to transfix it with the thorns and lance that pierced you? Let our will be swallowed up in the fire of your perfect, loving will. Let our will burn for all eternity as a sacrifice to you. (Francis of Sales, 1567-1622)44
- Lord, give me grace to use this world so as not to abuse it. Lord, grant that I may never go beyond or defraud my brother in any matter, for thou art the avenger of all such. (Thomas Ken, 1637-1711)45
- Here I am, Lord – body, heart, and soul. Grant that with your love, I may be big enough to reach the world, and small enough to be at one with you. (Mother Teresa, 1910-1997)46
- Lord Jesus, I give thee my hands to do thy work. I give thee my feet to go thy way. I give thee my eyes to see as thou seest. I give thee my tongue to speak thy words. I give thee my mind that thou mayest think in me. I give thee my spirit that thou mayest pray in me. Above all, I give thee my heart that thou mayest love in me thy Father, and all mankind. I give thee my whole self that thou mayest grow in me, so that it is thee, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me. (Lancelot Andrewes, 1555-1626)47
- Stir us up to offer thee, O Lord, our bodies, our souls, our spirits, in all we love and all we learn, in all we plan and all we do, to offer our labors, our pleasures, our sorrows to thee; to work through them for thy kingdom, to live as those who are not our own, but bought with thy blood, fed with thy body; thine from our birth-hour, thine now, and thine forever and ever. (Charles Kingsley, 1819-1875)48
- O Jesus, fill me with thy love now, and I beseech thee, accept me, and use me a little for thy glory. O do, do, I beseech thee, accept me and my service, and take thou all the glory. (David Livingstone, 1813-1873)49
- My Father, I abandon myself to you. Do with me as you will. Whatever you may do with me I thank you. I am prepared for anything. I accept everything, provided your will is fulfilled in me and in all creatures. I ask for nothing more, my God. I place my soul in your hands. I give it to you, my God, with all the love of my heart, because I love you. And for me it is a necessity of love, this gift of myself, this placing of myself in your hands without reserve in boundless confidence, because you are my Father. (Charles de Foucauld, 1858-1916)50
- I am giving thee worship with my whole life,
I am giving thee assent with my whole power,
I am giving thee praise with my whole tongue,
I am giving thee honor with my whole utterance,
I am giving thee reverence with my whole understanding,
I am giving thee offering with my whole thought,
I am giving thee praise with my whole fervor,
I am giving thee humility in the blood of the lamb,
I am giving thee love with my whole devotion,
I am giving thee kneeling with my whole desire,
I am giving thee love with my whole heart,
I am giving thee affection with my whole sense,
I am giving thee my existence with my whole mind,
I am giving thee my soul, O God of all gods.
(Early Scottish Prayer)51
1 Thanksgiving Day Collect, The Book of Common Prayer: And Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church: Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David: According to the Use of the Episcopal Church (New York: The Church Hymnal Corp., 1979), 194/246.
2 Collect for Stewardship of Creation, collect no. 3 for use on Rogation Days, The Book of Common Prayer, 208/259.
3 Caryl Micklem, ed., Contemporary Prayers for Public Worship (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1967), 66.
4 Micklem, 66.
5 Micklem, 66.
6 Micklem, 66.
7 Micklem, 67.
8 Micklem, 67.
9 Micklem, 67.
10 Micklem, 67.
11 Barnabas Foundation, “Sample Offering Prayers” (Tinley Park, IL: Barnabas Foundation, 2003); available from http://www.barnabasfoundation.com:8080/index.jsp?pageID=386.
12 Barnabas Foundation.
13 Barnabas Foundation.
14 Barnabas Foundation.
15 Barnabas Foundation.
16 Barnabas Foundation.
17 Barnabas Foundation.
18 Barnabas Foundation.
19 Barnabas Foundation.
20 Barnabas Foundation.
21 The Complete Book of Christian Prayer (New York: Continuum, 1997), 58.
22 Attributed to Westminster Directory of Worship, 1647.
23 Presbyterian Church USA, The Book of Common Worship (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1928, 1906), 7.
24 Presbyterian Church USA, The Book of Common Worship (Philadelphia: Board of Christian Education of the PCUSA, 1946), 345.
25 Presbyterian Church USA (1946), 345.
26 Presbyterian Church USA (1946), 345.
27 Presbyterian Church USA (1946), 345.
28 Presbyterian Church USA (1946), 346.
29 Presbyterian Church USA (1946), 346.
30 Presbyterian Church USA (1946), 346.
31 Archdiocese of St. Louis, “Stewardship Prayers” (St. Louis: Archdiocese of St. Louis, 2003); available from http://www.archstl.org/stewardship/whatis/prayers.html.
32 Archdiocese of St. Louis.
33 Charles C. Albertson, ed., The Minister’s Book of Prayers (New York: Revell, 1941), 20.
34 Albertson, 20.
35 Albertson, 21.
36 Albertson, 21.
37 Albertson, 21-2.
38 Robert Van de Weyer, ed., The HarperCollins Book of Prayers (Edison, NJ: Castle Books, 1993), 206.
39 Van de Weyer, 206.
40 Van de Weyer, 206.
41 The Complete Book of Christian Prayer, 213.
42 Horton Davies, ed., The Communion of Saints: Prayers of the Famous (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990), 7.
43 Van de Weyer, 111.
44 Van de Weyer, 153-4.
45 Van de Weyer, 227.
46 Van de Weyer, 352.
47 The Complete Book of Christian Prayer, 49.
48 The Complete Book of Christian Prayer, 56.
49 The Complete Book of Christian Prayer, 56.
50 The Complete Book of Christian Prayer, 52.
51 The Complete Book of Christian Prayer, 48.