IS HAVING MONEY A SIN?
September 29, 2019
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Paul writes this letter to Timothy, exhorting him to be cautious of false teachings and warns of the corruption that wealth can bring to a person’s heart. As Christians living in the wealthiest nation on earth, we would do well to focus on his warning. The question should be asked, “Is having wealth a sin?”
PASTOR AND CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers this week by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens of appreciation in blessing bags found in the narthex. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on October 6 at the 8:00 am service.
NURSERY ATTENDANT NEEDED—We are in search of an additional Nursery Attendant! If you love working with children and feel called to support families during worship on Sunday mornings, please ask for the job description in the church office. Resumes and cover letters may be submitted to DCE Joel Marquardt at by Thursday, October 10.
TRUNK-OR-TREAT—Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’, and trunks full of candy on Friday, October 25 from 6-8 pm! Sign-up in the narthex by Oct. 16 to volunteer and/or reserve a trunk. A candy donation bin is located across from the coat racks.
LWML SUNDAY—We will be celebrating the work of the LWML the weekend of October 12-13. The LWML, Lutheran Women in Mission, helps to support missions of the LCMS through donations made in Mite Boxes. Over $100 million has been collected to support the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world since its founding in 1942. We will be collecting Mites (donations of spare change) which help support Mission Grants locally, nationally, and globally. Join us in praising God for the faithful women and men of the LWML.
OSLS—Tickets go on sale this weekend for the Annual All Saints' Fest auction to support the ministry of the school. A table will be set up in the narthex; look for a blue tri-fold. Auction items include: behind the scenes Circle of Lights tour with hotel and party; Disney Park Hopper Passes; and the ever-popular reserved parking spots. Donations for the auction are still being accepted. Look for the donation bin across from the coat racks or see Kristine Beltz.
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD -The work day at Our Savior was a great success as members of Our Shepherd teamed up with members of Our Savior and students from UIndy to clean, prepare materials for worship, and recover from the fire that destroyed their building last August. Another opportunity to assist their church will be coming soon.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Tee Lipsey, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Morgan Wash, and Bob Wittman. For all of our homebound members including Frances Wells. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dan Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
Pack the Truck for Family Promise, Sept. 28-29
LWML Sunday, Oct. 12-13, all services
Ladies Circle Meeting, Oct. 17, 10 am
Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Amos 6:1-7
“Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes! 2 Pass over to Calneh, and see, and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory, 3 O you who put far away the day of disaster and bring near the seat of violence? 4 “Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall, 5 who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music, 6 who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! 7 Therefore they shall now be the first of those who go into exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away.”
EPISTLE READING,1 Timothy 6:1-21
1 Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 16:19-31
19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”