Jesus never condemned money or material things themselves. But when love and desire and passion for these things become the sole purpose for living, the consuming reason for being, then it is time to re-evaluate. A person totally preoccupied with this pursuit ignores the needs of his/her soul, for life is, as Jesus said, “more than these things.” (BGL)
“This is my Father’s World,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us”
We ask, Lord, for a pure heart, that we may see you; a humble heart that we may hear
you; a loving heart that we may serve you; and a heart of faith that we may abide in
you. –Adapted from a prayer by Dag Hammarskjold (1905—61)
Prayer of Confession
We pray that we may see our own faults with the same clarity that we see the faults of
others. We pray that we may strive for the same kindness that we wish from others.
We pray for the same integrity in ourselves that we expect from others. We pray for the
same loyalty from ourselves that we hope for in others. We pray for the same humility
in ourselves that we treasure in others. We pray for the same fairness in ourselves that
we anticipate from others.
Words of Assurance
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are
new every morning. –Lamentations 3:22-23
O Lord, following the example of our example, Jesus, we wish to become imitators of our Lord.
As he fed the hungry on the hillside, we wish to aid those who are less fortunate than we are.
As Jesus took the children on his knee, we wish to care for children who need our help. As Jesus
accepted the out5casts of his society, we wish to treat with dignity those who are rejected by
others. As Jesus drove the moneychangers from the Temple, we wish to oppose those who use
religion for personal gain. As Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice for many, we wish to sacrifice
our time, our resources, and even o0ur personal safety for the cause of Christ and His loving rule
on earth. Amen
As we give, we recognize that it is through your power and grace that we have been provided
for. May we thus share those gifts with good causes here and around the world.
O God, remind us this morning that to whom much is given, much is required. Amen.
In temptation, be strong. In conflict, have courage. In success, be humble.
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