What Is The Center Of Your Life?

What Is The Center Of Your Life?

The Sermon: Luke 12: 15-21

15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

What Is The Center Of Your Life?

  1. Is It A Life Centered In Self?
  2. Is It A Life Centered In God?

Listen to the sermon:

Luke 12:15 “Take heed and beware of covetousness.

22nd Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday, November 9, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Seek Ye First” (Dir: Cathy Augustin; Acc: Susi Rehm)

Opening Hymn TLH 11 : Safely through Another Week Hymnary.org link

The Invocation

The Responsive Reading Of Psalm 51

Pastor: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness:

Congregation: According unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

P: Wash me throughly from mine iniquity,

C: And cleanse me from my sin.

P: For I acknowledge my transgressions:

C: And my sin is ever before me.

P: Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight:

C: That Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.

P:  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;

C: And in sin did my mother conceive me.

P: Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts:

C: And in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

P: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:

C: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

P:  Make me to hear joy and gladness;

C: That the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.

P: Hide Thy face from my sins,

C: And blot out all mine iniquities.

P: Create in me a clean heart, O God;

C: And renew a right spirit within me.

P: Cast me not away from Thy presence;

C: And take not Thy holy spirit from me.

P: Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation;

C: And uphold me with Thy free spirit.

P: Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways;

C: And sinners shall be converted unto Thee.

P: Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation:

C: And my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness.

P:  O Lord, open Thou my lips;

C: And my mouth shall shew forth Thy praise.

P:  For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it:

C: Thou delightest not in burnt offering.

P:  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:

C: A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

P:  Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion:

C: Build Thou the walls of Jerusalem.

P:  Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering:

C: Then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

The Absolution

Sing Hymn LSB 947 (V 3 & 1): All Glory Be to God on High Hymnary.org link

The Scripture Readings

1 Timothy 6: 3-12

God’s Word and the Christian faith alone bring life’s greatest treasures to us – salvation, contentment,, commitment and the sure hope of everlasting life – all found in Christ alone.

Isaiah 30: 15-19

Despite our sinfulness and waywardness, our Lord continues to shower His great mercies upon us – as we repent, trust and cry to Him for help.

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn TLH 31 : When All Thy Mercies, O My God Hymnary.org link

1. When all Thy mercies, O my God,  My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view, I’m lost  In wonder, love, and praise.

  1. Ten thousand thousand precious gifts My daily thanks employ;
    Nor is the least a cheerful heart That tastes those gifts with joy.
  2. Through every period of my life Thy goodness I’ll pursue
    And after death, in distant worlds, The glorious theme renew.
  3. When nature fails, and day and night Divide Thy works no more,
    My ever grateful heart, O Lord, Thy mercies shall adore.
  4. Through all eternity to Thee A joyful song I’ll raise;
    But, oh! eternity’s too short To utter all Thy praise.

The Sermon ………………………………………………………. Luke 12: 15-21

15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

What Is The Center Of Your Life?

  1. Is It A Life Centered In Self?
  2. Is It A Life Centered In God?

“Create In Me” (Hymn LSB 956 : Create in Me Hymnary.org link )

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence;
and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation;
and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

Hymn TLH 567 : O Lord, Whose Bounteous Hand Again Hymnary.org link

The Offering

Our Prayers And Our Lord’s Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn TLH 644 : Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow Hymnary.org link

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Silent Prayer And Announcements