November 20, 2011: giving that transforms lives

Posted on : Nov 17th, 2011 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

giving that transforms lives [others’ and ours]

Giving is a miracle that can transform the heaviest of hearts.

Two people, who moments before lived in separate worlds of private concerns, suddenly meet each other over a simple act of sharing. The world expands, a moment of goodness is created, and something new comes into being where before there was nothing. . . .

But true giving is not an economic exchange; it is a generative act.

It does not subtract from what we have;

it multiples the effect we can have in the world.”

from Simple Truths by Kent Nerburn

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Psalm 118

1O give thanks to God, for God is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever!

R:  1O give thanks to God, for God is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever!

2Let Israel say,
‘God’s steadfast love endures forever.’
3Let the house of Aaron say,
‘God’s steadfast love endures forever.’
4Let those who fear God say,
‘God’s steadfast love endures forever.’

R:  1O give thanks to God, for God is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever!

5Out of my distress I called on God;
God answered me and set me in a safe place.
6With God on my side I do not fear. –
What can mortals do to me?
7God is on my side to help me;
8It is better to take refuge in God
than to put confidence in mortals.
9It is better to take refuge in God
than to put confidence in leaders of governments.

R:  1O give thanks to God, for God is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever!

21I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
22The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
23This is God’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24This is the day that God has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

R:  1O give thanks to God, for God is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever!

26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
We bless you from the house of God.
28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God, I will extol you.
R:  1O give thanks to God, for God is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever!

 

Hebrews 4: 16

“So let us confidently approach the throne of Grace

to receive mercy and favor, and find help in time of need.”

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