Like many churches, we have a special offering on the 4th sunday of every month to serve the mercy needs of congregation and community. It is a great way to highlight in the worship service the call to serve the poor, oppressed, downtrodden, and outcast in our midst. Here is a simple liturgy we use to introduce the offering. It is usually taken up during the last song which often focuses on similar themes.
God’s People Respond: Mercy in Word and Deed
Generous God, you have given us life,
a place to live in, and people to live with.
Open our eyes to each other
and to all our brothers and sisters,
especially the poor, the oppressed, the alienated.
Make us humble enough to help and comfort them,
so that your love and justice and peace may come to them.
We make bold to consecrate ourselves and our gifts
to you and to the service of others,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Offering Prayers #10, P242
Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook,
© 2004, CRC Publications
Song Suggestions: Out of the Depths(Psalm 130), Depths of Mercy, How Much I Owe (R.M.McCheyne), May the Mind of Christ, More Love O Christ, Peace Peace Peace, Amazing Grace