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Bulletin for Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Parable of the Unjust Steward

Pilot Me - Lyrics

Pilot Me

I will arise and follow you over
Savior please, pilot me
Over the waves and through every sorrow
Savior please, pilot me

When I have no more strength left to follow
Fall on my knees, pilot me
May your sun rise and lead me on
Over the sea’s, savior pilot me

O Lord – O Lord
O Lord – O Lord

I will arise and follow you over
Savior please, pilot me
Over the waves and through every sorrow
Savior please, pilot me

When I have no more strength left to follow
Fall on my knees, pilot me
May your sun rise and lead me on
Over the sea’s, savior pilot me

O Lord – O Lord
O Lord – O Lord

O Lord – O Lord
O Lord – O Lord

I will arise and follow you over
Savior please, pilot me

Dawn to Dusk - Lyrics

Dawn to Dusk

Lord as we turn to You
Come free us from our sin
We only have today
So let us now begin

From dawn to dusk
We’re waking up
From dawn to dusk
We’re waking up

Tomorrow’s freedom is today’s surrender
We come before You lay our burden’s down
We look to You as our hearts remember
You are the only God
You are our only God

Lord as we give You more
Your Spirit dwells within
‘Cause You are holy, holy Lord
So let us now begin

From dawn to dusk
We’re waking up
From dawn to dusk
We’re waking up

Tomorrow’s freedom is today’s surrender
We come before You lay our burden’s down
We look to You as our hearts remember
You are the only God
You are our only God

Tomorrow’s freedom is today’s surrender
We come before You lay our burden’s down
We look to You as our hearts remember
You are the only God
You are our only God

Sinking Deep - Lyrics

Sinking Deep

Standing here in Your presence
In a grace so relentless
I am won – by perfect love
Wrapped within the arms of heaven
In a peace that lasts forever
Sinking deep – in mercy’s sea

I’m wide awake
Drawing close – stirred by grace
And all my heart is Yours
All fear removed – I breathe You in
I lean into Your love
Oh, Your love

When I’m lost You pursue me
Lift my head to see Your glory
Lord of all – So beautiful
Here in You I find shelter
Captivated by the splendor
Of Your face – My secret place

I’m wide awake
Drawing close – stirred by grace
And all my heart is Yours
All fear removed – I breathe You in
I lean into Your love
Oh, Your love

Your love so deep
Is washing over me
Your face is all I seek
You are my everything

Jesus Christ
You are my one desire
Lord hear my only cry
To know You all my life

Love so deep
Is washing over me
Your face is all I seek
You are my everything

Jesus Christ
You are my one desire
Lord hear my only cry
To know You all my life

I’m wide awake
Drawing close – stirred by grace
And all my heart is Yours
All fear removed – I breathe You in
I lean into Your love
Oh, Your love

Old Testament Readings

Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1

18 You who are my Comforter in sorrow,
my heart is faint within me.

19 Listen to the cry of my people
from a land far away:
“Is the Lord not in Zion?
Is her King no longer there?”
“Why have they aroused my anger with their images,
with their worthless foreign idols?”

20 “The harvest is past,
the summer has ended,
and we are not saved.”

21 Since my people are crushed, I am crushed;
I mourn, and horror grips me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then is there no healing
for the wound of my people?

9:1 Oh, that my head were a spring of water
and my eyes a fountain of tears!
I would weep day and night
for the slain of my people.

Psalm 79

1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.
2 They have left the dead bodies of your servants
as food for the birds of the sky,
the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.
3 They have poured out blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury the dead.
4 We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
of scorn and derision to those around us.

5 How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever?
How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
6 Pour out your wrath on the nations
that do not acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms
that do not call on your name;
7 for they have devoured Jacob
and devastated his homeland.

8 Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;
may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
for we are in desperate need.
9 Help us, God our Savior,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
for your name’s sake.

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Reader: The word of the Lord.
Ekklesia: Thanks be to God.

How Great Thou Art - Lyrics

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
the universe displayed

Then sings my soul
my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
(repeat)

And when I think of God His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die I scarce can take it in
That on the Cross
my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin

Then sings my soul
my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
(repeat)

When Christ shall come
with shout of acclamation
And lead me home
what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow with humble adoration
And then proclaim
“My God, how great Thou art!”

Then sings my soul
my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
(repeat)

How great Thou art
How great Thou art

New Testament Readings

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.

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.”

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Reader: The word of the Lord.
Ekklesia: Thanks be to God.

Message: The Parable of the Unjust Steward

“The parable of the unjust steward has always been disturbing. Preachers, writers, interpreters and teachers of the Bible often avoid it like the plague.”


(1) Cultural Context
(2) Literary Context.



(1) The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
(2) The Parable of the Lost Coin.
(3) The Parable of the Two Lost Son.
(4) The Parable of the Unjust Steward.


Luke 15:1-2
1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”


Luke 16:14-15
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.


Observations:
(1) This whole section is about the Pharisees
• Pharisees = Perushim = “Separate ones”
(2) It’s not about the Steward; It’s about the Master
(3) It’s not about Money… But it is about Money.


“How you do anything is how you do everything.”
– Richard Rohr

Everything and Nothing Less - Lyrics

Everything and Nothing Less

Humbly I stand, an offering
With open hands, Lord I bring

Everything and nothing less
My best, my all
You deserve my every breath
My life, my song

I surrender, I surrender all
Oh, I surrender, I surrender all

Lord take control, I trust You
I’m letting go, to give You

Everything and nothing less
My best, my all
You deserve my every breath
My life, my song

I surrender, I surrender all
Oh, I surrender, I surrender all

I surrender, I surrender all
Oh, I surrender, I surrender all

Everything and nothing less, I give You
Everything and nothing less forever
Everything and nothing less
Oh, my life is Yours, completely Yours

I surrender, I surrender all
Oh, I surrender, I surrender all

I surrender, I surrender all
Oh, I surrender, I surrender all

Everything and nothing less
My best, my all
You deserve my every breath
My life, my song

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