|Sun, Sep 29, 2019|
|Scripture Text||Luke 16:19-31|
|Gist of Scripture||Listening is the antidote to torment & suffering|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship:|
L: We gather together to offer God our thanks and our praise!
P: Gratitude for the gift of life; breathing in, we are aware of God breathing anew into us, into everything! Right now!
L: Our voices sing and proclaim the love of God.
P: And our silence and attentive listening breathe in that same love.
All: May this hour be filled with rich awareness of God’s loving kindness. May it be so!
|Processional Hymn||108 God Hath Spoken by the Prophets|
|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||147 All Things Bright and Beautiful|
|Prayer for Understanding||Eternal Word, you continually speak life and light. We confess it’s hard to hear you speak for, often, we do an inordinate amount of talking over you. Right now, though, we together choose to attentively listen to your love. Help us stay focused so that we may be filled with hope and peace for the sake of others. Amen.|
|Scripture Reading:||Luke 16:15-31 – So he said to [the Pharisees], “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.|
“The law and the prophets were in effect until John came; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is proclaimed, and everyone tries to enter it by force. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one stroke of a letter in the law to be dropped.
“Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
|Children’s Message||listening is the seed of understanding; joke about planting broccoli.|
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|Hymn:||2128 Come and Find the Quiet Center|
|Prayers of the People|
|Blessing of Gifts||May these gifts, Loving and Listening God, be a sign to you that we are living into listening to you more each moment. May joy and peace flourish even more through these shared resources we offer back to you. Amen.|
|Recessional Hymn:||314 In the Garden|