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Prayers of Dedication

Post Communion (1997)

Holy God, we came to this table
tempted to deny the pain of life,
scarred from too many broken dreams,
knowing that we are not immune to evil's lure.

And you met us at this table;
embracing us I our brokenness,
naming us "beloved",
claiming us for an eternity.

We thank you,
living
loving
God.


Offering Prayers

May we dedicate our lives to searching for your treasures, loving God.
Bless these coins we bring today as we prepare to go forth and seek the coins still missing.
Amen. (1998)

Knowing that many voices clamor and compete,
we pray that these offerings given
may become symbolic of our decision
to serve one master, one God. (1998)

We offer salt.
We offer our questions.
We offer fire.
We offer our hunger.

Bless the gifts laid before you.
Bless the questions and the hunger. Amen.
(1997) - Mark 9:49-50

May the offerings brought this day be used as seeds,
planted faithfully and nurtured lovingly
so that God's way may be realized anew in this world.
Grant us the humility we need to plant and tend your precious garden. Amen. (1995)

As we sit in the palm of your hand, loving God,
May we continue to see your strength revealed
In the vulnerability
The dying, the crying, the rising
Of your people.
May our seeing thus inspire our acting.
Amen.
(1997)


Dedication Prayers

We offer our gifts to God
who claims us as children
who names us beloved
who celebrates our presence.
We offer our gifts to a loving God.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(1997)

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For candles which burn in the night
Reminding us of your abiding presence,
We thank you, loving God.
For candles which burn in the night
Disturbing our comfortable complacency,
We thank you, loving God.
For candles which burn in the night
Awakening us to your call of love and justice,
We thank you, loving God. (1997)

- We come believing in our emptiness,
believing that we will never have enough,
believing that what we have is unworthy.
(refrain - each petition is followed by the refrain "Gift of Finest Grain", GIA, or other suitable response)
We come fearful of sharing,
fearful of losing our tenous grip on security,
fearful of touching and knowing the pain of others.
(refrain)
We come overwhelmed by the hunger,
overwhelmed by the suffering of children near and far,
overwhelmed by the endless tales of senseless violence, greed, and death.
(refrain)
We come aching from the weight of the responsibility,
aching from the chilling challenge of knowing our abundance,
aching from the gnawing awareness that we have much to share.
(refrain)
We come clinging to our meager lunches;
bless them, and us.
break them, and us.
share them, and us.(refrain)
(1997)
- Loving God,
listening for your Spirit's call,
learning from Jesus' life;
Let us embody Jesus' love,
sharing our love for God's people
as we feed those who hunger.
(1998 - John 21)
- Psalm 23 (1994)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; We believe in the goodness of God.
We believe God hears and responds to our needs.
We believe God responds to all children everywhere.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.

We are grateful that we've been blessed with enough water.
But we know that many do not have enough.
Not enough water, not enough food, not enough peace.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Too many children do not see God’s righteousness.
Too many children watch violence, taste hunger, feel fear.
Too many children cry from the unspeakable horror of war.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. To become involved is risky. Pain is often contagious.
Our hearts may be broken and our lives may be threatened.
Yet we hear God calling and we can no longer hide.
Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of my enemies;
thou annointest me head with oil, my cup overflows. Our steps may be small and timid.
We may read a book, write a letter, or make a gift.
But each tiny step is blessed by God and multiplies.
Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. God is more relentless than war.
God is more pervasive than hatred.
God is more insistent than despair.
Amen. Amen.