Please arrange with the pianist or another musician to play an offering OR with the song leader to have the congregation sing a hymn during this time OR keep silence during this time. Another option is that you may select a piece of recorded music to play over the sound system.
Prior to worship, pass each of 5 baskets to 1 person in each section (2 side sections, 2 center sections, balcony). Ask that person to be responsible for ensuring everyone in her/his section gets the basket during offering time, and then bring it forward to the worship leader.
Script for leading the Offering time:
- Worship leader says something like: “One way we share with one another and with our neighbors is by sharing our offerings. (Guests, we’d love to know who you are, have a record of your visit, and know how to get in contact with you. Please consider filling out the Connect Card on the back of the bulletin, or drop a card in the offering plate.) As you pass the basket, whether or not you have something to drop in it this morning, I invite you take a moment and offer a prayer or blessing for this congregation, or pause to consider how you would like to offer yourself in service to God this week. In gratitude we now receive our offerings of money, of prayers, of intentions.”
- Offertory is played OR silence is kept, baskets are passed and collected.
- After the offertory, when you’ve received all 5 baskets from the 5 sections, you may offer a short prayer of dedication. Even something as simple as, “For these gifts offered, we give thanks, O God. Amen.” Place the baskets on the altar.