Membership has its rewards, or so we are led to believe in most things we are part of. There should be benefits. There should be extra points for doing more or doing better. In the community of faith, there are no extra points to be collected. Whatever the rewards, they are there for all. What is the member’s profile for the community of faith? For the Pharisee, in Luke 18:9-14, it is giving a large sum and being noticed for it. He stands out in the crowd. The bigger and splashier the gift, the more it is worth. The tax collector illustrates the genuine membership profile – humility, honesty and integrity. When we give with strings attached or expecting a benefit or reward for ourselves, it contradicts all that Jesus taught.
| PledgeSunday | Worship Order | October 25, 2020
Organ Prelude: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (Hyfrydol, R.H. Pritchard), arr. M. Klassen
Hymn: “We Are Pilgrims” VU 595
A Minute for Stewardship
Scripture Reading: Luke 18:9-14
Time For All Ages
Solo: “Give to my eyes, Lord” Colin Coppen / Ronald Corp
Sermon: “Membership in the Time of Corona”
Reflective Music: “Basse de Cromorne”, Louis-Nicolas Clerambault
The Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: “We Have This Ministry” VU 510
Organ Postlude: “Trompette ou de Cornet en Dialogue”,Louis-Nicolas Clerambault
In Honor Of Gifts identify benchmarks like, 75th anniversaries, births or key life events identifying awards and pivotal achievements. These gifts identify a lasting contribution, setting an example for and benefiting future generations.
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