Haggai 1:15b-2:9 or Job 19:23-27a
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 or Psalm 98 or Psalm 17:1-9
2 Thess. 2:1-5, 13-17
Our gracious, eternal God, we come to you on this consecration Sunday needing your blessing. You ask the gift of ourselves, yet we so often think only of money. We are often ambivalent about our resources. We think of obligation rather than of opportunity. We think of duty rather than the privilege of giving of ourselves and our money. We think others, more richly blessed than we, ought to bear the greatest burden of our church’s commitments. We take the joy out of sharing and we destroy the joy of feeling that we are a significant part of your work here in this church and throughout the world. Forgive us our lack of vision. Touch our hearts and teach us to give of our talents, our time, and our treasure so that we can know true joy, true peace, and true fulfillment.
We also ask your help for those times in our lives when difficulty comes. Give us the courage to meet misfortune with resolute hearts. Give us patience when answers or resolution do not come quickly. Through the anvil of life make us strong and help us to be victorious.
We offer our prayers for those who are presently going through suffering and who need your healing touch, for those whose lives know too much darkness, for those who grieve.
Be also with our troubled, violence prone world. Somehow may all of your children come to know that war is not the answer to the issues of nations or peoples. Bless our veterans who have had to endure war and bloodshed. Bless also those who currently serve in harms way in our present conflicts and bring us peace to this earth. And bless all who suffer from the consequences of war. Give them all comfort and strength. Amen