Welcome and Greeting
You are far more talented than you give yourself credit for. Be faithful in what you have been given, and God will bless you with more. But be unfaithful in what you have been given, and God will take it away. May we, who are asked to give an accounting of our talents, be found faithful.
Call to Worship:
(Jeremiah 8, Psalm 79)
Is God not in Zion? Is there no ruler to lead us?
Search for the Lord, for God waits where we least expect it.
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no healer to help us?
Cry out to the Lord, for God hears our pleas.
Is there no hope left to be found? Is there nowhere to turn?
Place your trust in the Lord, whose compassion comes speedily to meet us.
Come, worship the one who hears our pleas.
We will enter God’s gates with hope and gladness.
(Jeremiah 8:22, Psalm 79)
Elusive One, the scoffers say, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?” Why do you tarry when your people need you? Why do you hide your face when our need is great? Speed your compassion to our side, for our souls have become wellsprings of sorrow, and our eyes have become rivers of tears. Help us, O God of our salvation, for in you alone do we find our strength to revive our souls; in you alone do we find nourishment to meet the needs for the journey. Come speedily to us once more, that we may see your glory and know where our true help lies. Amen.
Hymn For the Healing of the Nations UMH 428
1. For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord; for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords; to a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word, help us rise and pledge our word.
2. Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your world release, that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace. Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase, fear will die and hope increase.
3. All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned; pride of status, race, or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan. In our common quest for justice may we hallow life's brief span, may we hallow life's brief span.
4. You, Creator God, have written your great name on humankind; for our growing in your likeness bring the life of Christ to mind, that by our response and service earth its destiny may find, earth its destiny may find.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
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Joys and Concerns
The Lord’s Prayer:
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
Prayer of Yearning:
(Jeremiah 8, Psalm 79, 1 Timothy 2, Luke 16)
Holy One, in the midst of life’s travails, be once more the balm in Gilead that makes the wounded whole; become for us the healing balm that heals the sin-sick soul. For we are weary in body and tired in soul, as we strive to live faithfully as children of light— children who are wise in the ways of your kingdom. Too often, we neglect the talents you give us, and act less shrewdly with your true riches than the unscrupulous do with the dishonest wealth of this world. As you search our hearts and ways, may we be found faithful in a little, that you will entrust us to be faithful in much. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
(Jeremiah 8, Psalm 79)
Rejoice and be glad, for even when sorrow grips us, God’s compassion comes speedily to meet us. Be still and know that there is a balm in Gilead that heals the sin-sick soul.
Hymn Seek Ye First UMH 405
1. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Allelu, alleluia!
2. Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened unto you. Allelu, alleluia!
Doxology UMH 95
Source of every good gift, you call us to be wise with the true riches of your kingdom May this offering show such wisdom, that having been found faithful in a little, you will trust us to be faithful in much. We offer you these gifts in gratitude for your love, that they may bring healing and light to those who need your balm of Gilead. Amen.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Luke 16:1-13
Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ 3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ 7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ 8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Affirmation of Faith: UMH 888
Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved:
People: Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day, and appeared first to the women, then to Peter and the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses. We believe Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One of God, the firstborn of all creation, the firstborn from the dead, in whom all things hold together, in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell by the power of the Spirit. Christ is the head of the body, the church, and by the blood of the cross reconciles all things to God. Amen.
Hymn As The Deer TFWS 2025
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you. You alone are my heart’s desire, and I long to worship you. You alone are my strength, my shield; to you alone may my spirit yield. You alone are my heart’s desire, and I long to worship you.
Be faithful in a little, that you may also be found faithful in much. Be faithful in much, that you may be entrusted with the true riches that come from above. Go to be faithful children of light, and come to know the grace, hope, and peace of the one who is truly faithful.