The text this week is 2nd Corinthians 9:1-15, where Paul talks about generous, willing and cheerful giving. The worship theme is “Thanks be to God,” because his gift of Jesus is the foundation of his grace. The visual theme is summer fruits because there is sowing and reaping metaphor in the text but it’s summertime, so we’re reaping beautiful summer fruits.
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Jeremiah 33:10-11 “Thus says the Lord: In this place of which you say, ‘It is a waste without man or beast,’ in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man or inhabitant or beast, there shall be heard again 11 the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord: “‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!’ For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord.
2 Corinthians 9:10-12 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
Preparation for Prayer:
Good and Gracious King (new song by CityAlight)
Doxology – We do a rather unique blend of “The Doxology” and “Old Hundreth.” Doxology – the opening verse of our version, here sung by Nicole Nordeman
All People That on Earth Do Dwell – the rest of our version.
Scripture for Meditation
2 Corinthians 8:1-9 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 6Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. 7But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. 8I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9For 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.