Measure Contribution Celebration for the Community
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
Everyone is Welcome!
Measure Contribution Celebration introduction:
A widow without a husband often can not find the financial means to meet her earthly obligations. This becomes a stigma that enlarges the vulnerability. How well put the story of Naomi and Ruth demonstrates this stigma and the clear logic they used to deal with and overcome the unfortunate situation. This well planned human response to misfortune should be recognized and respected.
The psalm delivers to us a doxology, praise for the Lord, despite the the misfortune that exists throughout all time due to man’s earthly plight. Happiness is elusive, joy and contentment are difficult to experience. Our Lord will remain with us and not abandon us despite all our tribulations, some brought on as a result of our own devices. Our humanly experiences on Earth are measured small in time compared to the eternal reward.
Hebrews looks into the human response to the reality of faith formation, believing in a powerful Creator God and eternal reward despite the misfortunes experienced in a mortal earthly existence. The importance of the New Covenant Jesus refers to in the Last Supper can not be missed or understated. Indeed we are to celebrate that spirit of atonement and our promised reward that will be waiting for us.
The financially impoverished widow gives all that she has trusting it is the correct action to take with her material possessions. We have a lesson to learn as we do not find the Scribes of Biblical times willing to do the same, nor can many of us follow her example today, as the sacrifice is great.
Be filled with Joy and Peace that surpasses all our human and earthly understanding!
My daughter, I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you. Ruth 3:1.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Ps. 127:1.
Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Heb. 9:28.
Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. Mark 12:43.
Psalm 127 Song
– performed by Christian Scripture Praise Worship – Esther Mui
you journeyed with Ruth
and comforted Hannah
when their lives were burdened by grief.
Grant us faith to believe you will provide a future
where we see none,
that bitterness may turn to joy
and barrenness may bear life. Amen.
Spirit of God
Words: George Croly, 1854
Music: Karl Digerness, 2006
performed by City Church San Francisco
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart,
Wean it from earth, through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
I ask no dream, no prophet-ecstasies;
No sudden rending of the veil of clay;
No angel vision, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence
from generation to generation,
blessing your people,
strengthening us to lives of service,
empowering us to witness.
Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.
Grant that as we serve you now on earth,
so we may one day rejoice with all the saints
in your kingdom of light and peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
– performed by The Crossing at St. Paul’s
God our redeemer,
in sustaining the lives of Naomi and Ruth,
you gave new life to your people.
We ask that from age to age,
new generations may be born
to restore life and nourish the weak,
by returning to you
those things we once thought ours. Amen.
To the Cross I Cling
performed by Village Church
No day of my life has passed that has not
Proved me guilty in your sight.
The best I have to offer are these filthy rags
And yet you love me.
All things in me call for my rejection.
All things in You plead my acceptance.
I am guilty but pardoned by grace I’ve been set free.
I am ransomed through the blood you shed for me.
I was dead in my transgressions, but life you brought to me.
I am reconciled through mercy,
to the cross I cling.
God of widows and strangers,
you protect the oppressed and forgotten
and feed the hungry with good things.
You stand among us in Christ, offering life to all.
Give us open hearts and minds
to respond with love to the world,
caring for those for whom you care. Amen.
Jesus I Come
performed by Greg Thompson
Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come; Jesus I come.
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
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