Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Lord of the Harvest Oct 22,2017

Worship on Sunday, October 22 …

It’s Invitation Sunday at Abiding Love!  We will be distributing response packages to all of our people, inviting them to support the Growing Deeper // Reaching Wider Mission and Funding plan for the coming years.  We give thanks to the Lord of the Harvest for the goodness and blessing that flows in our lives, our faith community and our world.

╬ The Lord of the Harvest

From a people established in the land of God’s promise, Moses calls forth an offering of thanksgiving.  It is God who has delivered them from bondage and darkness and brought them to a place of freedom, of prosperity, of abundance.  And Moses invites them to bring the “first fruit” of their lives in this bountiful land as an offering in gratitude for the blessings of God.  Jesus looks on the following that gathers around him, in a world of promise, and proclaims that the harvest plentiful. “Pray now,” he says, “for the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers” to gather in the abundance of God, to share generously, so that all may be fed, all may be healed, redeemed and made whole!

The Prayer of the Day and Readings are below.

This is a time of great hope and promise for Abiding Love!  We pray for the Lord of the Harvest to fill us with a spirit of generosity and commitment to our shared life and ministry.

Blessings to you all,

- Pr. Brad Highum

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PRAYER OF THE DAY ----------------------------------------------

God of all creation, you fill us with good things and provide for our every need.  Give us glad and generous hearts to simply share the blessings that you have poured into our lives.  Amen.

READINGS -----------------------------------------------------------

First Reading:  Deuteronomy 26:1-11

26 When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. 3 You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, "Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us." 4 When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, 5 you shall make this response before the Lord your God: "A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. 6 When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, 7 we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. 8 The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; 9 and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me." You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. 11 Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

Psalm 107:31-38

31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for humankind.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. 
33 He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest;
38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.

Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 9:6-15

6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9 As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."  10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12 for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Gospel:  John 4:31-38

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, "Rabbi, eat something." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." 33 So the disciples said to one another, "Surely no one has brought him something to eat?" 34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 35 Do you not say, 'Four months more, then comes the harvest'? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. 36 The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."