The Word and Music

October 14th, 2018

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY after PENTECOST  October 14th
Collect Prayer of the Day...
Gracious God and Father, we ask that You would help us understand the difference between that which is temporary and that which is eternal.  Let us see everything we have - time, talent and treasure - as resources to use for ourselves, our families, our community and our world - that they might be used to make this world a better place.  This we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Nehemiah 10:35–39 We will bring the firstfruits of our land and of every fruit tree to the Lord’s house year by year. We will also bring the firstborn of our sons and our livestock, as prescribed by the law, and will bring the firstborn of our herds and flocks to the house of our God, to the priests who serve in our God’s house. We will bring a loaf from our first batch of dough to the priests at the storerooms of the house of our God. We will also bring the firstfruits of our grain offerings, of every fruit tree, and of the new wine and oil.  A tenth of our land’s produce belongs to the Levites, for the Levites are to collect the one-tenth offering in all our agricultural towns. A priest of Aaronic descent must accompany the Levites when they collect the tenth, and the Levites must take a tenth of this offering to the storerooms of the treasury in the house of our God.  For the Israelites and the Levites are to bring the contributions of grain, new wine, and oil to the storerooms where the articles of the sanctuary are kept and where the priests who minister are, along with the gatekeepers and singers. We will not neglect the house of our God.

 

2 Corinthians 9:6–8 Remember this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart - not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.


"Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church....as long as it doesn't impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to give, they do so. After all, God loves a cheerful giver, right?"   Francis Chan      

St. Matthew 23:13-24... “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You lock up the kingdom of heaven from people. For you don’t go in, and you don’t allow those entering to go in.” ["Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows’ houses and make long prayers just for show.  This is why you will receive a harsher punishment.”] “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte,  and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are!” “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the sanctuary, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by his oath.’ Blind fools!  For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that sanctified the gold? Also, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath.’  Blind people!  For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?  Therefore, the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it. The one who takes an oath by the sanctuary takes an oath by it and by Him who dwells  in it. And the one who takes an oath by heaven takes an oath by God’s throne  and by Him who sits on it.” “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of  mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law - justice,  mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. Blind guides!  You strain out a gnat, yet gulp down a camel!”


  Classic Hymnal Service (8:15am):    Lutheran Service Book   #905 Come, Thou Almighty King", 857# "Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way," #783 "Take My Life and Let It Be"
  Liturgical Contemporary Service (10:45am):  Call to Worship: "All Who Are Thirsty"  Praise Set: "Ever Be, Great Are You Lord," Special: "Remembrance," Message: "Revelation Song,"  Offering: "Here's My Heart,"  and Sending: "Trading My Sorrows" 


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