In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells the famous parable of the rich fool who tore down his barns to build bigger barns to stash his hoard for the future. The problem the rich man had was not his riches, but his worldview. He hoarded for himself and left God out of the picture, resulting in greed and self-indulgence. The solution? “Lay up treasure in heaven.” This Lord’s Day we will explore that that means.
The hymns selected for the worship service support the key idea of stewardship. The first three hymns follow a progression:
- The Lord is the “God of all creation” who cares for us.
- The Lord has met our deepest need; thus, we could not repay the debt of love owe even if we could give Him the whole world.
- The Lord to who made and cares for us and who has saved us is delighted when we respond with joyful giving.
With the final hymn we offer the only proper response, “Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.”
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Psalm 24:1-5
Hymn 60: Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
Hymn 137: When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 8:1-20
Hymn: HBC 14 Lord, Thou Lov’st the Cheerful Giver
Message: The Real Value of Money
Text: Luke 12:13-21
Hymn 560 Take My Life and Let It Be
Prayer Response: John Miles
Benediction: John Miles