Gathering Recap: 05.03.09

Whoa.  Luke did an awesome job in the Gathering Sunday.  Our normal music leader preached from Luke 16:19-31 and it was grrrreat.  Aarik Danielsen again stepped in for Luke, and did fabulous, also.

The liturgy from Sunday:

Karis Community Church - The Gathering - Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 10:00 am The Call Psalm 113

Opening Songs At Your Feet (Tim Smith) Our Great God (Fernando Ortega, Mac Powell)

The Gospel Confession of Sin 2.2.55 (Poverty) (The Worship Sourcebook) Ephesians 1:7-8 Satisfied (Clara T. Williams; Music: Karl Digirness) The Wonderful Cross (Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Isaac Watts, J.D. Walt, Lowell Mason )

Welcome Passing the Peace Welcome - Kevin Larson The Word Preached The Almighty {and the} Dollar: Be Fearful of Riches (Luke 16:19-31) - Luke Daugherty

The Supper Jesus, Cast a Look On Me (John Berridge, Matthew Perryman Jones) Serving the Bread and the Cup The Bread and the Cup Receiving the Offering

The Prayer Prayers of the Church - Amy Larson

Closing Song Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken (Henry Lyte, Bill Moore)

The Sending Sending 9.1.22 (The Worship Sourcebook)

And Luke's sermon points:

Be Fearful of Riches – Luke 19:19-31

1. The Judgment – Why?

a. Lack of compassion

i. presence of Lazarus in the rich man’s life revealed why he was blessed: to be generous

ii. nothing new: the Scriptures had been clear (v. 29)

a. For Israel

b. For us

Quote: “God helps those who help themselves.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Heading: Poverty Around the World

· In 2005, almost 1.4 billion people lived below the international poverty line, earning less than $1.25 per day

· 963 million people across the globe are hungry

· Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes--one child every five seconds

· More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in low and lower-middle income economies

b. The heart problem: idolatry (If doesn’t fit, split to two slides)

i. Jesus’ words early in chapter 16: “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

ii. Idolatry revealed in his lack of compassion (vv. 19-21, 24, 27)

iii. Idolatry revealed in his attitude toward God’s Word (vv, 27-28, 30)

2. The Judgment – What?

a. The full fruition of his idolatry

b. The wrath of God – His just punishment for the rich man’s idolatry

i. Horrible anguish (vv. 23-24)

ii. Earthly riches all left behind (v. 25)

iii. “Fixed” and permanent: Eternal (v. 26)

4. Our Need: The Compassion of a Rich Man – Jesus

i. His compassion frees us that we might free others (Deut. 24)

ii. His generosity makes us rich, that we might make others rich:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (2 Cor. 8:9)

iii. A different kind of riches: “…where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34)

5. Our Task: Proclaiming the Kingdom of grace, as a community of grace