Christmas Fund Special Offering

For Steadfast Faith
A Prayer of Dedication for Christmas Fund Special Offering

The Christmas Fund offering (sometimes called Veterans of the Cross offering) is an expression of appreciation and caring to those who served as clergy (and certain lay employees) who are now retired or disabled and financially strained. During this holy time of year, the offering is a profound gift. It helps provide pension supplements, health premium subsidies, emergency assistance to active or retired clergy families, and Christmas gift checks to hundreds of retirees and to those who disabled.

This prayer of dedication may be used following a general offering or a special time for receiving the Christmas Fund offering.

Prayer of Dedication

One: Let us pray. Eternal God, you have called us to obedience to the faith for the sake of Christ’s name among all the nations.

People: We praise and thank you for our church’s pastors who have instructed and encouraged us in faith through all the years.

One: We remember those who continue to serve the church through their prayers, through participation in church life, and in public service.

People: In good times and hard times, bless them with courage and steadfast faith. Bless also these gifts. We offer them as gifts of compassion and gratitude for those obedient to you in their time of leadership and in their time of need. During these holy days, anticipating your advent, hold them and all your children close. In Christ’s name, Amen.

This prayer was written by Donald Stumpf. He is the director of ministerial assistance with The Pension Boards — United Church of Christ, in New York, New York. For more information about the Christmas Fund Special offering, you may contact him by phone at 800.642.6543, extension 2838, or by e-mail at dstumpf@pbucc.org.

Copyright 2004, The Pension Boards—The United Church of Christ, New York, New York. Permission is granted to reproduce or adapt for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved. Designed and printed by Resource Design and Production Services, Local Church Ministries.

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