Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
Prayers and Ideas for the 12th Sunday after the Pentecost
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
As this piece of bread was scattered
over the hills and then was brought together and made one, so let your Church
be brought together from the ends of the earth into your Kingdom. For yours is the glory and the power through
Jesus Christ forever.
from the Didache
Call to Worship
this house you will find bread for your life’s journey.
Come. Stay awhile and eat this bread so you will
One: Come. Be strengthened in God to withstand the
present night and the spiritual forces of evil.
Prayer of Invocation
God, we have no life apart from you. We
do not come here to eat bread that fills us for a day. Rather we come to be nourished by you and that
the love you have for us fills us for a lifetime. May this food strengthen our discipleship. Grant that it will renew in us our commitment
to proclaiming the gospel of peace through our ministries of peace and justice
in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
profess that you are God, O Holy One. We
have no other gods, and yet, we do not always serve you with sincerity and
faithfulness. Our other gods are not
those of our ancestors beyond the River and in Egypt or of the Amorites. We struggle with the gods who seek to fulfill
us by consumerism and with self-importance.
We hear gods who instill in us such fear of our enemies that we seek
power from weapons of destruction. Help
us, O God, to find fulfillment in you.
Forgive us that we are skeptical of love’s transforming power. We repent of our sins and turn our hearts
again to you. Amen.
Words of Assurance
other god cares for us as God does.
other god loves us as God does.
other god forgives us as God does.
be to God.
you ever thought why the Doxology follows the offering? Doxology comes from the Greek doxologia, meaning “words of glory” It
follows an ascription of praise. 
Seen this way, this offering is an act
of praise to God. It is through this
offering that we honor God. Let us be
generous in our praise to God.
Prayer of Dedication
our offerings of praise in grateful thanksgiving for your presence in our lives
and the many blessings you bestow upon us.
Consecrate our offering, O God, that it may become bread to fill the
emptiness and heal the brokenness of the lives in this community and
beyond. And may we be reminded that our real
life begins when we give with generous hearts to proclaim the gospel in the
name of Christ Jesus. Amen.
forth from here filled with the bread of life.
Share that bread with those you meet so they may taste the bread that
will never let them know hunger. May
God’s blessing be upon you. May Jesus’
love attend to you. May the Holy Spirit
sustain you until we meet again.
What is it about your church that you
cherish? How does your church help you
to live more fully? When do you feel
God’s grace and love?
This morning’s reading from John’s
gospel comes at the end of the same chapter that began with the story of Jesus
feeding the 5000, which is the only story that appears in all four
gospels. Jesus fed them food that filled
them for a day, but at the end of the chapter he proclaims that he is the bread
of life. “This is the bread that came down from
heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who
eats this bread will live forever." (6:58)
questions above or similar questions to the congregation. Have them share their answers with each
other. If possible, have them write them
down while they talk. The following suggest
two ways to have people record them:
- Get a very large sheet of paper and mount it on a
wall. If possible, have a large
picture of the church on the sheet.
Ask people to come and write their answers directly on the sheet.
- Create a “stained glass window” using colored tissue
paper. Using a large sheet(s) of
paper mounted on a wall as a backing, ask people to write their answers on
pieces of irregularly-cut, colored tissue paper and then taping their
responses to the large sheet. If
you have clear windows, tape them directly to the windows. (Note: Crayons work well for writing on tissue
has had a chance to record their responses, read some of them to the
congregation and invite the writers to elaborate on their responses.
Collect all the
responses after the service. Organize them.
Use some or all of them by weaving them throughout the next pledge
of Praise: Service Prayers for the Twelfth
Sunday after Pentecost was written by the Rev.
Quentin Chin, member of Church on the Hill
in Lenox, MA.
2009 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry
Team, United Church
of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.
W. Jardine Grisbrooke. Doxology. From
The New Westminster
Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship.
edited by Paul Bradshaw. Westminster John Knox Press: Louisville, KY. 2002