We continue our five-week worship series this Sunday called How Deep?
This worship series invites reflection on the significance of our Baptismal identities. The United Methodist Book of Worship states, “Baptism is an act that looks back with gratitude on what God’s grace has already accomplished, it is here and now an act of God’s grace, and it looks forward to what God’s grace will accomplish in the future….Baptism anticipates a lifetime of…deeper experiences of God, acts of Christian commitment, and ministries in the world” (81-82).
Outline of How Deep?
October 6: Rooted in Grace. How Deep? (2 Timothy 1.1-14)
October 13: Growing in Faith. How Deep? (Luke 21:1-4)
October 20: Reaching in Love. How Deep? (Luke 12:13-21)
October 27: Baptism. How Deep? (Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22)
November 3: Deep Commitments. How Deep? (Luke 3:21-4:21)
Read Luke 12:13-21. The Message paraphrases the story this way: Then [Jesus] told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’ “Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?’“That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.”
God calls us from places of affluence/wealth to lives of extravagant generosity and giving.
What might it look like for you to fill your barn with God in the coming days?