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Sermon and Worship Resources
24th Sunday after Pentecost

Texts & Discussion:
Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123
Zepheniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30


 

This Week's Themes:

Repentance and Rededication
Awaiting Christ's Return
Responsible Stewardship

  
 

Prayer of Confession

L:   Almighty, ever-loving God, you are slow to anger and quick to forgive our trespasses as we confess our sin to you. Forgive us, we pray, when we have hurt others and broken your commands.

P:   Forgive us for not being wise stewards over the gifts you gave us--including the gift of
    time and ability.

L:   Forgive us, we pray, where we have been wasteful of the wealth you have given us.
P:   Forgive us, we pray, where we have not fed the hungry and clothed the poor; when we have turned a blind eye to those in need.
L:   Forgive us, we pray, when we have buried the talents and failed to
    work with all the things you give us.
P:   Forgive us, we pray.
L:   Empower us to be good stewards over your resources.  Amen

 


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Sermon Excerpt:
   

Investing Jesus-Style
based on Matthew 25:14-30
Rev. Karen A. Goltz

So if I’m reading this right, Jesus is saying that if you’re entrusted with large sums of someone else’s money, the right thing to do is to make a bunch of risky investments, hoping great risks will yield great rewards, and the wrong thing to do is to play it safe and hide the money where it won’t be subject to market forces, ensuring that the principle won’t be lost.  Is that right?  Then that settles it: Jesus is to blame for the global financial meltdown.

            That’s the good news for today.  Amen.

            Not quite.

            In recent weeks, we’ve heard a parable about lamp oil that had nothing to do with lamp oil.  We’ve heard a parable about a wedding garment that had nothing to do with clothes.  We’ve heard a parable about vineyards that had nothing to do with grapes, and we’ve heard a parable about day laborers that had nothing to do with day laborers.  So even though today’s parable is about money and investments, it should come as no surprise that it really has nothing to do with investments or money.

            There are plenty of interesting questions this parable raises, but the most interesting question to me is, who is God?  Not who is God in this parable—most of us understand God to be the master who went on the journey—but who is God to you?

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