Prelude – Improvisation on “St. Agnes” Hymn #175 ‐ Hegarty
Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.” ~Luke 12: 16‐21
Anthem – Joyful, Joyful Sing Praise – The Lakeview Choir
Offering – Pastor Ross
Message – The Search for True Contentment ‐ Pastor Dave
Benediction & Response
6-8 A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.
9-10 But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.
Do we find happiness in wealth & power or in God’s spiritual provision? A devout life brings wealth, but it’s the “rich simplicity of being yourself before God.” How we find happiness in the power of Jesus & in our walk with God, which brings lasting joy & contentment.