Sermon: "The Biggest Giver" - Randy Roberts
Prayer: Genevieve Koh Isidro
Pastoral Welcome: Calvin Thomsen
Child Dedication: Isaac Se Chiang Aprecio - Randy Roberts
Gianna Jazmine Santos, Sarah Santos Souza, Joy Kathleen and Lorelei Corinne Simonton - Randy Roberts
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill
We should give as we would receive: cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. – Seneca
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. – The apostle Paul
Responsive Reading: Generosity (SDA Hymnal, #821) - Marianne and Mic Walter
Today is an important day. It’s not important because the date is 9-10-11, although that is
curious! It is important because tomorrow is 9/11. Ten years. It has been ten years since that
fateful day in September of 2001. You remember where you were that day, don’t you? It is
imprinted in my mind. I remember where I was (at home), what I was doing (getting ready to
go out jogging), and who I heard the news from (a friend called me and said, “Turn on your
TV”). Later, on my way to work, I called another friend and told him what had happened. He
said, “The world will never be the same again for us.” He was right.
Now ten years later we remember. We remember crashing airplanes and burning buildings
and falling bodies and crumbling towers. But we remember other things, as well. We
remember heroes – people who rushed to rescue others and paid for it with their lives. We
remember stories – stories providing different perspectives on how the events of that day
affected different people in different places. We remember uncertainty – what will happen
next? And we remember … well, we remember so many different things.
In today’s service we take some time to reflect, remember and recognize the pain caused on
that day. But we also remember the hope and healing that have occurred over the last ten
years. And we remember that as disciples of Jesus we live in the light of the day when his
kingdom will be fully and finally realized.
That’s not the only thing we do today. We also turn our minds to a story tucked away in
Luke’s gospel that I have chosen to title, “The Biggest Giver.” As we do so, I invite you to
reflect on what giving means to you. In the midst of difficult times, a troubled economy, and
uncertainty about the future, are we still called to give in the name of Jesus? Join me as we
consider this most important question.
In the name of the One who gave all for us,
Note: Child dedictaions and baptisms are listed in the extras section of the DVD