|Sun, Sep 22, 2019|
|Scripture Text||Luke 16:1-15|
|Gist of Scripture||Value + Wisdom = Mindset|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship:|
L: The Son has risen on this new day! Let us give thanks for God’s never-ending, always renewing love!
P: Yes! We are surrounded and our lungs are filled with the breath of God’s faithful vitality!
L: Let’s sing of being God’s family in the present moment!
P: Let’s hear the Good News of adopting Christ’s loving mindset!
ALL: May the hosts of Heaven remind us what is truly valuable and truly wise as we give God our gratitude!
|Processional Hymn||2190 Bring Forth the Kingdom|
|Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)|
|Hymn||2236 Gather Us In|
|Prayer for Understanding||God of all wisdom and understanding, we are about to hear the teachings of your son Jesus Christ. We admit that sometimes they are difficult to understand; often times they are even more difficult to practice. Yet we agree that they are the very words that lead to life being fully alive. Breathe, then, a renewed openness into our minds and hearts this morning; that we may live more joyfully in the becoming moment you create for all of us.|
|Scripture Reading:||Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.|
“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him. So he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.
|Children’s Message||sharing is caring|
|Sermon Title:||Value + Wisdom = Mindset|
|Hymn:||2172 We Are Called|
|Prayers of the People|
|Blessing of Gifts||God of great value and wisdom, we pray these gifts are invested wisely in the value we place in our neighbors; that together we all will deepen our confidence in your love that is beyond measure! Amen.|
|Recessional Hymn:||547 O Church of God, United|