God’s Word called into being the pumpkins, the geese who fly south, the leaves which litter our lawns. In awe, we come into the presence of the God of vivid imagination. God’s arms reach down and gather up children, lovingly placing us in grace’s lap. In joy, we reach up to the God who loves us completely. God’s Spirit fills our lungs, so we can cry out for justice for the broken, the young, the old, the abandoned of our time. In service, we join with our God to build hope in our world. Amen.
Prayer of Confession:
Mighty and Merciful God, you give us minds to know you and hearts to love you. You have offered us the resources to unlock and receive the gifts of your grace and goodness. We acknowledge that all too often we let our minds wander to trivial matters, when you have important purpose in our life. Help us apply our minds and spirits to understanding your Word and will through Jesus Christ.
Psalter Lesson: Psalm 111 NRSV (source)
Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.
New Testament Lesson: Acts 20: 32-38 NRSV (source)
And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothing. You know for yourselves that I worked with my own hands to support myself and my companions. In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” When he had finished speaking, he knelt down with them all and prayed. There was much weeping among them all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, grieving especially because of what he had said, that they would not see him again. Then they brought him to the ship.
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“Generous Living” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer