The Resourceful Christian

The Resourceful Christian

Sermon: Luke 16:1-13

1 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ 3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg– 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 ” ‘Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.’ 7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ ” ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ 8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

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EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pre-Service Meditation – Psalm 30, Page 34 In Front Of Supplement

Opening Choir Song: “Lord Make us Worthy”

Opening Hymn WS 741 : When Morning Gilds the Skies Hymnary.org link

Invocation (Duet) In the Name of the Father, In the Name of the Son, In the name of the Spirit, we are gathered here as one. We have come here to worship and our sins to confess. Come, O Lord, and be with us, our souls and lives to bless. Grant us grace and forgiveness, fill our hearts with Your love. Give us power to serve You, set our minds on things above. In the Name of the Father, In the Name of the Son, In the Name of the Spirit, we are gathered here as one.

The Confession of Sins

Pastor: In the sin of our first father Adam, all sinned.

Congregation: In his guilt, we are guilty – have mercy Lord. 

P: It was and is now the nature of man to sin,

C: By nature, we, like Adam, are sinful – have mercy Lord. 

P: The effects of sin on the world are as obvious now as they were then.

C: We feel the pain and the blame is ours – have mercy Lord. 

P: As God killed an animal for Adam and Eve so sacrifice after sacrifice was made for sin. It was never enough.

C: Not all the blood of beasts shed through all the years could atone for even of our many sins – have mercy Lord. 

P: But one sacrifice, and only one, was enough. God provided His Son to be the slaughtered lamb.

C: Our sins were so great that God’s only answer was to kill His Son for our transgressions – have mercy Lord.

The Absolution

P: The Lord has had mercy on you. The blood of Jesus is sufficient to cover and wash away all your sins – no matter how great they are. Your works are worthless here and unnecessary. One sacrifice. One perfect payment – and you are free. You are forgiven. Your life in exchange for His! Let this blessed truth be your constant joy and your first defense all the days of your life. Amen.

LSB 572 v6: In the Shattered Bliss of Eden Hymnary.org link ]

The Responsive Reading of Psalm 25 (v1-14)

P: To You, O Lord,

C: I lift up my soul.

P: O my God, I trust in You;

C: Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me.

P: Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;

C: Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

P: Show me Your ways, O Lord;

C: Teach me Your paths.

P:Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

C: For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

P:Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,

C: For they are from of old.

P:Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;

C: According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

P:Good and upright is the Lord;

C: Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.

P:The humble He guides in justice,

C: And the humble He teaches His way.

P:All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,

C: To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.

P:For Your name’s sake, O Lord, Pardon my iniquity,

C: For it is great.

P:Who is the man that fears the Lord?

C: Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.

P:He himself shall dwell in prosperity,

C: And his descendants shall inherit the earth.

P:The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,

C: And He will show them His covenant.

The Epistle Reading – Philippians 3: 12-21
The Gospel hope is worthy of our commitment

The Apostles Creed (Page 12 in Hymnal)

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 LSB 690 : Hope of the World Hymnary.org link

Sermon…………………………………………………..Luke 16:1-13

1 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ 3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg– 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 ” ‘Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.’ 7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ ” ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ 8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

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 “Create In Me” (Page 12 in Hymnal)

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.

TLH 429 : Lord, Thee I Love with all my Heart Hymnary.org link

The Offering of Thankful Hearts

The Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction Amen

Closing Hymn LSB 700 : Love Divine, All Loves Excelling Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements