Today’s Passage: Luke 16:19-31
Opening Prayer: Father God, there are people all around us that have needs, but yet we often do not see them. Even if we see them we think we are too busy to do anything or we do not know what to do or how to help. May we have eyes to see the needs. My we have hearts that care and minds that show concern for others. May we have hands that help. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Brandon Heath – Give Me Your Eyes (Official Music Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Sorry, I Didn’t See You – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, by Kristin Adkins Whitesides, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Winchester, Virginia.
“My youngest son has the remarkable gift of laser-like focus. Whenever he is playing with legos or reading a book, the rest of the world falls away…” begins Rev. Dr. Kristin Adkins Whitesides. She continues, “In our scripture today, Jesus tells the story of a man who was also blind and deaf to those around him…” Whitesides paints a picture for us of the parable in Luke 16:19-31. In Act One, there is a poor man outside the gate, flies buzzing around his head, dogs licking the sores on his legs. In contrast, inside the gate, there is a rich man dressed in velvet and linen in a gorgeous dining room, eating from a spread on the table. In Act Two, we see the two men’s fortunes reversed in the afterlife. The rich man begs for relief, but it is too late. We often focus on Act Two in this parable, the afterlife. However, what can we learn from the rich man in Act One? What could he have done differently? How can we respond differently?
Closing Song: for KING & COUNTRY – God Only Knows (Official Music Video)
Closing Prayer: Father God, we often miss opportunities to express compassion for or to genuinely care for others. There are so many broken and hurting people in this world. May God NOT be the only one that knows and sees those who are in need. May we show mercy and extend grace to those God would have us reach out to and help. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray. Amen.
Epilogue: I AM THEY – Scars (Official Music Video)