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Remarks on Passing the Plate

Robert A. Thayer

“Once you read these offerings, you may be inspired to mine your own experience for similar sermons to deliver before the offering. Most of the material here is personal, but this need not hinder its usefulness. Humor and whimsy often play a role in my remarks, as do irony and historical criticism. If people can be tickled, why not make them tickled to give?”
—from the Preface

The offering is so important, and yet worship leaders are often searching for resources that fit the occasion. Understanding both the difficulty of asking for money and yet its necessity, Thayer provides an inspirational collection of his personal remarks for use before the offering. These models demonstrate creative and practical ways to approach this topic with grace and ease. They show us how to turn the sensitive topic of asking for money into the art of giving and receiving.

Robert Thayer was parish minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brockton, Massachusetts. He is a former member of the Annual Program Fund Committee and a strong advocate for stewardship education in congregations.

Praise for Offerings:

"As a friend once told Thayer, 'The offering is the one place in the worship service where the people can make a difference.' This book will help worship leaders reinforce that message in our congregations. Thayer offers readers concrete words to articulate what it means to give as a spiritual act. Telling stories based on his personal experiences, he encourages and enables worship leaders to articulate their own stories of generosity."
—Mary L. Miles, former Director, Annual Program Fund, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

"In recent years we've become more comfortable talking about money. But we can do so much more! This collection of invitations for the weekly offering provides the inspiration to consider a more generous sharing of financial resources. Robert's work challenges our outlook of scarcity and cajoles us, in good humor, to remember what a difference we can make with our money to better support this liberal religious movement that we love."
— Angela J. Merkert, Director, UUA Congregational Services, Central Midwest District

"With a touch of whimsy and the wisdom of his years in ministry, Robert Thayer offers a rich collection of stories that inspire generous, joyful, guilt-free giving and empower an attitude of abundance. Unitarian Universalist ministers and lay leaders will appreciate illustrations from their New England tradition in addition to the wisdom of Native American religion, Hebrew prophecy, the teachings of Jesus, and the author's personal experiences. Thayer's stories give greater meaning to the act of giving during the Sunday service."
—Sarah York, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, and author, Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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