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    Resources for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

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Texts & Discussions:

Job 38:1-7, (34-41) and
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c or
Isaiah 53:4-12 and
Psalm 91:9-16
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45



Call to Worship

L: Teach us God to be all that You want us to be
C: Help us to serve you as you deserve
L: Teach us to give and not to worry
C: Help us to live fully in Your ways
L: Teach us to work, rest and play
C: Help us to labor and not to ask for any reward
L: Teach us to do Your will
All: Teach us Lead us help us as we worship you today.




Children's Messages

Needle in a Haystack, Mark 10:17-31  
by Rev. Randy Quinn

Wowed by God, Job 38:1-7, 34-41  
by Rev. Randy Quinn

Our God is an Awesome God, Job 38:1-7,
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Life's Easier When We Help Each Other
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Sermon Excerpt

Needle in a Haystack, Mark 10:17-31
by Rev. Randy Quinn

Some things seem impossible to us, like finding a needle in a haystack, or putting a camel through the eye of a needle, or, as Jesus suggests, for a rich person to enter into the Kingdom of God (Mk. 10:25).

...We donít like to talk about money, at least not our own money. We can talk about taxes and we can talk about the high price of gas Ė or the low price of corn. But itís another thing to talk about our own bank accounts.

The truth is Jesus spoke about money more often than he spoke about any other topic. He knows what we pretend isnít true. Jesus knows that money can become an obsession; money can become our god. And it doesnít matter how much or how little we have, money can become the focus of our lives. The only way to make sure money doesnít become our god is to become the master of our money. As Dave Ramsey says it, we need to ďtell our money where to go,Ē rather than letting money determine where we go.

We have tried very hard in our family to make sure that money doesnít make our decisions. Thatís because I know that when money makes our decisions, money has become our god Ė and thatís not the god I want to worship.

But in our culture, thatís not easy to do. We are constantly bombarded by marketing folks who want us to believe we need their particular product. We may indeed be the recipients of the most powerful marketing pressures that have ever been experienced. There is an all-out war for our attention. Money wants to become the god of our lives.

Jesus, looking at [the man], loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Mark 10:21-22
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