I offered this prayer at Brookwood Baptist Church for the Offertory last Sunday.
Great and Merciful God,
Holy Comforter, Close Companion,
Maker and Sustainer of All Things,
Inspire in us
A Spirit of Generosity,
A Heart of Compassion;
A Soul of Charity.
As you bring us to your Table,
As you brought yourself to us,
Let us bring
what we can
what we are able
what we are willing
what we are called
Give us your Sacred Heart O God
that we may give
not out of guilt but of grace,
not out of obligation but of passion;
not out of duty but of peace.
Help us remember that making room at the Table means that verses like
“Ask and you shall receive”
“The last shall be first”
and even “give us this day our daily bread”
are not necessarily always about us.
Keep us mindful of the needs of others,
And be with us all we pray.