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Worship Series - "Contagious Generosity"

Sunday - October 26- God's Generosity


 


 

 

Order of Worship

Welcome, Singing, Scripture & Prayer

 Children’s Time  

Announcements

Special Song: "Every Good Thing"

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32 (The Prodigal Son)

Message: "God's Generosity”

…Jamie Holtom

Offering, Closing Song & God Blesses Us 

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Scripture:

We are glad you have chosen to join us today. May these verses of Scripture help deepen your experience of God this morning as well as be a resource beyond today.

 

Scripture:  Luke 15:11-32 - The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven & against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music & dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants & asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

 

"Every Good Thing"

 

I tend to be busier than I should be

And I tend to think that time is gonna wait for me

Sometimes I forget and take for granted

That it's a beautiful life we live

I don't wanna miss the moments like this

This is a beautiful life You give

 

You're the reason for every good thing, every heartbeat

Every day we get to breathe

You're the reason for anything that lasts, every second chance

Every laugh, life is so sweet

You're the reason for every good thing, every good thing

Every good thing, every good thing...

 

There will be days that give me more than I can take

But I know that You always make beauty from my heartache

Don't wanna forget or take for granted

That it's a beautiful life we live

I'm not gonna miss the moments like this

This is a beautiful life You give

 

You're the reason for every good thing, every heartbeat

Every day we get to breathe

You're the reason for anything that lasts, every second chance

Every laugh, life is so sweet

You're the reason for every good thing, every good thing

Every good thing, every good thing...

 

It's our family, it's our friends

It's the feeling that I get when I see my children smile

You're the reason for this life, everything we love

It's You alive in us

You're alive in us

 

You're the reason for every good thing, every heartbeat

Every day we get to breathe

You're the reason for anything that lasts, every second chance

Every laugh, life is so sweet

You're the reason for every good thing, every good thing

Every good thing, every good thing...

 

You are, You are here in every moment,

And I know that You're every good thing

You are, You are here in every moment,

And I know that You're the reason for

Every good thing, every good thing...


          

CONTAGIOUS GENEROSITY

Generous God

Oct 26, 2014

 

Warm Up:

When have you experienced God's Generosity?

How is generosity contagious? Any examples?

 

Diving In:

 1) In what ways is contentment with what one has, different from the culture around us and the commercials we see every day?

 

2) When you stop to think about God from a higher level there are some amazing things that God has done and which are part of our Christian story:

  • Creation
  • Coming in Jesus/Incarnation
  • Cross
  • Connection of Resurrection

In what ways do God’s actions above reveal God's generosity?

 

3) As you read "The Prodigal Son" story from Luke 15:11-32 consider the following questions:

 

Where do you see God's Generosity in this story if you consider the Father here as representing God?

Where do the sons miss seeing God's Generosity or the generosity of their Father?

 

4) How does God's Generosity and goodness in your life influence "the feeling of never having enough"? What about the comparisons with others and what they have?

 

Take Home:

Name some of the simple ways that God has blessed you. Share with someone else you know as a way of spreading this blessing.

Start thinking about next week's "Generous Life" by reflecting on the question "How do we respond to God's Generosity?


 

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