New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Celebrating the Offering

Melvin Amerson, James Amerson • February 2008

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In a culture where it's easy to think of ourselves as self-made, we need a reminder that all blessings have been given to us by a generous God.

In many congregations, the offering happens without much forethought. We may even consider it a crass interruption to the spiritual flow of worship. But it's actually an important, biblical part of the service. It gives us a chance to focus on giving thanks and giving back to the God who has so generously given to us.

If you're looking to revitalize the spirit of generosity in your congregation, you'll find simple and effective ways to incorporate the offering into the deepest fibers of your worship experience.

"Most Christians grow in generosity as they grow spiritually," write the authors. "Churches grow in generosity when stewardship is preached, taught, embraced, and celebrated. For the celebration to occur, a process of transformation needs to take place."

The Amerson brothers address concerns and misunderstandings about the practice. Through biblical precedents, prayers, litanies, and examples, they demonstrate how to reshape the offertory into an authentic celebration involving all members of all ages.

As noted preacher Zan Holmes says in the Foreword, "[The authors'] insights and practice convey a deep understanding of this often misunderstood and maligned component of our lives as followers of Christ: simply put, our faith informs the way we live, including how we spend our money. Celebrating the Offering brings our faith closer and closer to the center of our lives…[where the offering] becomes a natural expression of who we are as Christians."

Melvin Amerson is an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and a stewardship consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation. Known for his engaging and energetic presentations, Amerson leads training events across the country. Amerson lives in the Austin, Texas area.

James Amerson is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving Simpson United Methodist Church in Austin. He is also an elder in the Southwest Texas Annual Conference.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-526-6

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: February 2008

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 8 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Stewardship & Giving

BISAC1: REL063000



Melvin and James Amerson bring together their passion for stewardship and their local church experience as consultants and pastors to deliver a straightforward, insightful, and persuasive text on our crucial need to celebrate the offering as an act of worship, as demonstrated in biblical tradition and church history. For pastors and lay leaders alike, this book will deepen your understanding, as well as equip you with practical ideas for energizing your congregation with a spirit of worshipful generosity. --Dr. Frank A. Thomas, Senior Pastor, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Memphis, Tennessee and editor of *The African-American Pulpit**

Books by Melvin Amerson