What If Everyone Did That? – The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost [8/4/19]

Today’s Passage:  Luke 12:13-21

Opening Prayer: Father God, You know we often make foolish decisions.  We think our poor decisions have little impact on others, but what if everybody did that?  May You help us to see how decisions we make impact Your kingdom.  Help us to look more closely at what, how, and why we do things.  May we listen to the Holy Spirit as He guides us toward the kind of decisions that will grow Your kingdom and mature us as Christians.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: Steve Perry – Foolish Heart (Official Video)

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: What If Everyone Did That? by Rev. Rachel May, Pastor of Boulevard United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia.
“What If Everyone Did That?” is a children’s book that Rev. Rachel May plans to use for her children’s time on the parable of the Rich Fool from Luke 12:13-21. You might wonder how this relates to today’s passage. Jesus warns people to guard themselves from all greed, “an equal opportunity infector,” according to May. Instead of discerning what more the foolish man could put into God’s hands, he thought, “I should build a bigger barn.” What about us? Are we proportional givers or do we horde it up for ourselves? What could our world look like if we were all proportional givers? Listen as May explains how we can experience joy through giving more. What could the world be like if everyone did that?

Closing Song: Danny Gokey – Haven’t Seen It Yet (Official Video)

Closing Prayer: Father God, may we live a changed life.  Our joy is not about our circumstances or what we materially possess.  How can we see more?  May we testify to the Truth.  May we take the next steps… from seeing to knowing to action? May we touch the hearts and lives of others, in Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Epilogue: Jordan Feliz – Changed

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