First Presbyterian Church
We will be singing this hymn Sunday morning.
God, You spin the whirling plants,
Fill the seas and spread the plain,
Mold the mountains, fashion blossoms,
Call forth sunshine, wind, and rain.
E, created in Your image,
Would a true reflection be
Of Your justice, grace, and mercy
And the truth that makes us free.
Text by Jane Parker Huber. Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
The Bell Choir, conducted Dr. Timothy Hein, will assist with worship leadership.
Luke 16:1-13 is the New Testament reading, a reading often interpreted as focusing on faithfulness and money. But, is that all there is to it?
16 Jesus also said to the disciples, “A certain rich man heard that his household manager was wasting his estate. 2 He called the manager in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give me a report of your administration because you can no longer serve as my manager.’
3 “The household manager said to himself, What will I do now that my master is firing me as his manager? I’m not strong enough to dig and too proud to beg. 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I am removed from my management position, people will welcome me into their houses.
5 “One by one, the manager sent for each person who owed his master money. He said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He said, ‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your contract, sit down quickly, and write four hundred fifty gallons.’ 7 Then the manager said to another, ‘How much do you owe?’ He said, ‘One thousand bushels of wheat.’ He said, ‘Take your contract and write eight hundred.’
8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he acted cleverly. People who belong to this world are more clever in dealing with their peers than are people who belong to the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to make friends for yourselves so that when it’s gone, you will be welcomed into the eternal homes.
10 “Whoever is faithful with little is also faithful with much, and the one who is dishonest with little is also dishonest with much. 11 If you haven’t been faithful with worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 If you haven’t been faithful with someone else’s property, who will give you your own? 13 No household servant can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
Ginny and I invite anyone who is interested to join us for about twenty minutes of meditation in the Chapel at 8:15 each Monday morning. If you already meditate, please come. If you haven’t meditated before, please come. You can bring a mat or sit on a chair.