Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time C, September 25, 2016

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31

Now-walking toddler is finally asleep, grandparents (important toddler backup) are near Yellowstone (jealous!), husband is working all the hours this week, difficult cat is still outside in the rain after falling out the (first story) window, and what all I had already written for this Sunday was lost in a phone reincarnation and through my own errors leading to this being the third prayer of confession somehow. I’m sorry I’m not getting this out earlier. And I’m even preaching this Sunday, too. I’m going to take out a few things this week just to save my sanity and get this to you. Thanks for sticking with me.  

One: We gather today to worship the God of eternal love and hope. 
All: My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust
One: We come to be challenged in how worldly our priorities have become.
All: My way and truth, my God in whom I reprioritize. 
One: We join brothers and sisters of all time and place here. 
All: Let us be open to the Spirit moving here today.

O Lord we want to find refuge under your wings, but we are too stubborn thinking that our way is right.  Let us turn around now, confess our wrongs, and come back to you. 

Gracious God, we have not been your faithful people. We put too much stock in having things, and accumulating wealth, and the importance we think comes with it. We do not see all of your children – especially those who need the most.  We refuse to live into the hope you give us instead trying to find fulfillment in ourselves and our own desires.  We are a mess as individuals and together. We need you. Help us be your people again.  Forgive us, please.  Amen. 

Dear ones, know that you are not alone.  Know that, even as you are being unfaithful, God is always faithful to you. Know that in the name of Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven.  Now go and sin no more.

In Timothy Paul says: “those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, people of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.” Let us with joy and relief at being unburdened by love of money, bring forth our tithes and offerings.

O God, may what we bring forth today from our pockets and ourselves pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Amen.

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