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Sep 23

19th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

piggybankWorship Ideas

  • The talk of houses being purchased in Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 and the mention of “shelter” in Psalm 91:1-6, 14-15 could serve as inspiration to talk about or work with a group such as Habitat For Humanity. Here’s an easy (and fun) mission project: write words of hope and prayers for a happy home on index cards, and have those cards stapled inside the walls of a new home that is being built by Habitat (you will need to coordinate this with your local Habitat group).
  • Many churches are entering into Stewardship season, so it may be useful to consider the passage from 1 Timothy 6:6-19. Here, we are reminded by Paul that the focus of our love should be God and neighbor – not our possessions.  A simple mission project that can help to emphasize this point: collect donations for a thrift store or local shelter or charity.  Talk about how we can be freed from our “stuff” as we live out God’s call to love one another.
  • The reading from Luke 16:19-31 could be used as a springboard to talk about the importance of evangelism – as well as a way to talk about those we choose to evangelize.  How many of us think to share the Good News with those who are well-off and/or established financially/socially?

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (Inspired by Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16)

O Trustworthy God, you are our true shelter and security.

You, O Lord, deliver us from all that threatens to undo us.

We call upon the Holy One, and the Holy One answers.

Let us praise the God who shows unconditional love and saves us!

Prayer of Confession (Inspired by 1 Timothy 6:6-19)

Sovereign God, you have given us all that we need; and yet, we confess that we struggle with greed.  Forgive us for not keeping our priorities straight, Lord. Teach us to love one another more than we love our money.  Inspire us to love you more than we love our possessions. Guide us to cherish the things that really matter, that we may bring glory to your name.

Song of Praise (sing to the tune: OLD HUNDREDTH)

All praises be to God above,

To Christ the Son who reigns in love,

And to the Spirit; hear us pray:

Be with us now and everyday.

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