Give to Reconciliation Ministry
Your gifts help support pro-reconciliation / anti-racism programs through education, camp and conference, and relationship-building in each expression of our Church. Thank you in advance for your support.
The Reconciliation Ministry Special Offering is received each year in congregations on the last Sunday in September and the first Sunday in October (in solidarity with World Communion Sunday). Funds generated by this special emphasis are used throughout the year to provide grants to ministries and congregations actively developing and implementing programs that promote our Church’s Pro-Reconciliation and Anti-Racist identity. These programs and efforts seek to reveal, re-educate, and remove systemic and structural barriers in our communities that serve to deny the image of God and human thriving based on race.
Your gifts to Reconciliation Ministry strengthens our Church’s witness to God’s unending love for all of humanity. With your generosity, leaders, communities, and our congregations are being equipped to witness to God’s love and justice in all times and in every season. The time is always ripe to stand up for justice to ensure that all of God’s children are treated equitably. Thank you for joining us on this journey through your generosity.
Reconciliation Offering Worship Resources
Reconciliation Offering celebrates our journey toward wholeness and imagining a world where racism is dismantled and all of God’s children can flourish. The offering is received on Sundays September 24th and October 1st.
Lectionary Texts for September 24th
- Exodus 16:2-15
- Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
- Jonah 3:10-4:11
- Psalm 145:1-8
- Philippians 1:21-30
- Matthew 20:1-16
Lectionary Texts for October 1st
- Exodus 17:1-7
- Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
- Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
- Psalm 25:1-9
- Philippians 2:1-13
- Matthew 21:23-32
Call to Worship
(from Prayers and Psalms by Joan Stott)
A Call to Worship
Pentecost 20C [Ordinary 27C] or [Proper 22C]
Holy God, we come to worship you,
as flawed and even failed human beings.
We come, aware that God knows us for
who and what we are, and yet God loves us.
Eternal God, we come to worship you,
and despite life’s experiences, we never learn!
We come, clinging to old habits and ideas,
yet we also want to open ourselves to God.
Creative Love, we come to worship you,
believing that you love and accept us as we are,
with our personal values and experiences,
our hang-ups, our fears and our concerns.
We come, conscious that sometimes it is hard
to sing God’s praises and even pray for forgiveness
for ourselves and for others.
Bless us today, Tender God. Amen.
Alternate Call to Worship
“Gracious God, you show us the meaning of reconciliation in the life of Jesus Christ.
In His touch, His words, His actions, Jesus reconciled people to God and to the community.
We gather to renew ourselves that we, too, might reconcile others with a touch, a word, or an act.” Chalice Worship (177)
God’s Love for All People
Chalice Hymnal 682
World Council of Churches Vancouver Assembly 1983
Eternal God, whose image lies in the hearts of all people,
We live among peoples whose ways are different from ours,
Whose faiths are foreign to us,
Whose tongues are unintelligible to us.
Help us to remember that you love all people with your great love,
That all religion is an attempt to respond to you,
That the yearnings of other hearts are much like
our own and are known to you.
Help us to recognize you in the words of truth, the things of beauty,
The actions of love about us.
We pray through Christ, who is a stranger to no one land more than another,
And to every land no less than to another.
Hear Our Praises by Reuben Morgan
Chalice Praise #41
For Everyone Born, A Place At The Table
by Shirley Erena Murray 685 Church of Scotland
For everyone born, a place at the table.
For everyone born, clean water and bread
a new shelter, space, a safe place for growing,
for everyone born, a star overhead,
And God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, justice and joy!
I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me
Arranged by Bill Thomas
Chalice Hymnal #614
Woke Up This Morning
African American Spiritual Chalice Hymnal #623
Alternate Verse: Woke up this morning with my mind Stayed on justice
God of Freedom, God of Justice
By Shirley Erena Murray, Guthrie Foote
Chalice Hymnal #656
As we gather at the Table of Lord, we give thanks for your gracious invitation. We ask your blessing on this bread and this wine. In the breaking of the bread, remind us of your unbroken love for all of us. As we drink this cup, grant that we will know the power of being members of the one body of Christ. Restore us to unity in Christ Jesus. We give you thanks that at the Table of the Lord, that all are welcome. Amen.
Let us depart in peace, and in love and grace toward our neighbors. May we be joined together in the common goal of service to our God and God’s beloved. May God’s blessing of peace and freedom be with us all. Amen.
How to give?
You can give online on the form below, or send your gift to the Office of the General Minister and President Treasury Services via mail. Please designate your gift, and if you are mailing it, send it to:
OGMP Treasury Services
Reconciliation Ministry Offering (Memo)
P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-1986
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The Reconciliation Ministry has a special offering that is taken each year in the Fall. In the Summer of 2011, Reconciliation Ministry launched the Reconciliation Ministry Annual Fund. The Annual Fund complements the resources needed to support the granting programs of the ministry. You may contribute to the Reconciliation Ministry Annual Fund by selecting Annual Fund or Racial/Social Justice Response on the drop-down menu on our online giving page.