Nov. 15 Online Service

Oconee Street UMC Online Service
November 15, 2020

Full Service

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Welcome

Pastor Laura Patterson

Prelude

“Fairest Lord Jesus”
Maxine Easom, piano

Invocation

Sarah Sumners

Opening Hymn

“Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service”
First Plymouth Church (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

Sarah Sumners

Sermon: “Everyone’s Favorite Sermon Topic!”

The Rev. Laura Patterson

Anthem

“Beautiful Savior”
Saint Olaf Choir

Prayer / The Lord’s Prayer

Sarah Sumners

Closing Hymn

“A Charge to Keep I Have”
Grace Community Church (Sun Valley, California)

Benediction

Pastor Laura Patterson

Postlude

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Maxine Easom, piano

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Sermon: Your financial gift to the church is a ‘test of genuineness’ …

istock_000003781492mediumPaul launched the first Christian stewardship campaign. Writing to the Corinthians — a mostly well-off population that prided themselves on being educated and doing good work — Paul warns them that their tithes to church pale in comparison to the Macedonians, a population not nearly as wealthy. Paul said our financial gifts are a test of our genuineness.

Paul’s words are very relevant today. Giving — as a proportion of income — begins to drop off the wealthier one becomes. It’s the poorer, less educated “red states” that give more proportionally than the richer, more educated “blue states.” Meanwhile, it’s the wealthy, well-read liberal “elites” that are often at the forefront of calls for social change. But are we putting our money to the cause?

Sermon

The Word in Song: “Take My Life and Let it Be”

“The Privilege of Sharing”
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Nov. 20, 2016