Good morning and welcome church. As we begin our worship time today, I want us to start by reading Psalm 111…
Praise the Lord.
I will extol the Lord with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
Thank you, Lord, for who you are. Thank you that you are a God who is gracious and merciful toward us. Thank you that your works are great and your deeds glorious and majestic. Thank you that you are all powerful and that you exercise your character in perfect harmony. We acknowledge our need to grow in the fear of the Lord that we may know your ways and be used in service to your Kingdom. Amen
One of the interesting parts of growing up is learning about personal responsibility. Each developmental stage seems to build layers of responsibility into us and many of them simply become habit. What I mean by habit is that we are doing them because it is what we do. As kids our responsibilities are things like getting dressed, cleaning our rooms, emptying and loading the dishwasher. We may call them chores, but they are responsibilities that help us grow into people who can take care of other aspects of life.
I (Dave) can remember when a new responsibility I had was to pay for some of my own possessions. It came about because I wanted a rather expensive pair of basketball shoes. If memory serves me correct, the conversation happened over a meal in McDonald’s which led me to filling out an application right then and there so that I could earn money for what I wanted.
This became another building block of taking responsibility in many different areas of my life. The journey was filled with lots of learning experiences along the way. Some were good, others were hard and yet still good. Learning to be responsible in life while still allowing others to help me along the way was an area I learned slowly and if I’m honest I’m probably still learning.
As disciples of Jesus we are also given responsibility. Not responsibility to earn salvation or anything like that, but responsibility to be an active part of God’s Kingdom in ways that are in accordance with the gifts and abilities he has given us. This also includes waiting on his leading and following as he directs.
- What are some of the responsibilities that you have had that have formed you to who you are today?
- How do you view your responsibility as a member of the Kingdom of God?
- Do you see any crossover between questions 1 and 2?
Take some time in prayer to invite the Spirit to search your life and reveal to you your responsibilities in the Kingdom. Listen for areas that you are doing well in, but also listen for the gentle direction of areas that you may be missing or avoiding. Remember, while there are general expectations of all disciples of Jesus, the working out of those is unique to who God has made us to be. Don’t get sucked into comparing what you are doing with what others are doing.
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
- How do you view success in light of this idea of being faithful to what God has entrusted to you?
- How is your view of God?
-Is it too heavy on grace that sin is allowed run free?
-Is it too heavy on judgement and wrath that grace and mercy are absent?
Prayer – Take time in prayer with God to consider what he has entrusted to you. Don’t rush this conversation with him. See how he is inviting you to participate with him.
Before we close, I just want to share a few announcements:
- Tuesday Prayer Meeting – No prayer meeting, but feel free to pray for the leaders and elders as they meet.
- Kids Zoom – a reminder that Zoom Kids Church is this Wednesday, 4-5 PM for those Preschool to Grade 3, and from 7-8 PM for those Grades 4-8. Keep an eye out for the link that will be sent out from the church office.
- Youth Zoom – No Youth this week
- Office schedule – The office will be closed on Monday for Labour day, but open Tuesday-Thursday. Visits are by appointment only at this time, so be sure to call ahead or email. Katie can be reached at email@example.com, Pastor Greg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Pastor Dave can be reached at email@example.com.
I encourage you to do two things with your giving that may help a little.
- Do your giving each week as part of this devotional/worship time. I know it is not exactly the same thing, but it does help us view our giving as worship rather than simply a financial transaction
- Take time to pray as you give. Thank God for what he has given to you, acknowledge your trust in him for tomorrow, and tell him why you give to him and the work of his church.
- Best – E-Transfer (no fees)
- firstname.lastname@example.org is the email address you will need to make an e-transfer
- Please include your first and last name in the memo box
- If you know your envelope number please include it in the memo box (*Do not include the # sign as it will not accept that)
- Still good, but with fees – Canada Helps
- https://bayridgealliance.ca/give-with-canada-helps/ and click on the donate button to give
Thank you for honouring God by supporting the Church.
Prayer – Before the benediction, please take some time to pray for Dick and Karin and their ministry. As you can see their churches are facing similar realities to those in Canada.
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’