This Sunday, June 16, 2024

Worship Leader: Michele Rizoli
Speaker: Bruce Bradshaw
Song Leader: Jeff Taylor
Pianist: Carmen Wiebe
Ushers: Jennifer Stolte and Lara Munro
Tech Team (In-Person / Online): Lyf Stolte & Ben Thiessen
Coffee: Melana Janzen and John McMinn
Activity Period: Laura Giesbrecht and Sherry Nelligan

Gathering Songs
Hymn # 22 – What is this place?
Hymn # 34 – We Praise you, O God, Our Redeemer
Call to Worship (VT 859)
Welcome and Land acknowledgement
Hymn # 309 – Fill Us with your Feast
Scripture: Isaiah 65: 17-25
Reflect on VT 12 – Tree of Life, 2018, SaeJin Lee (Korea/USA)
Hymn # 298 What is the World Like
Giving with Gratitude
Children’s Time: Dan Wiebe
Scripture: Luke 16: 1-14
Sermon:  The Parable of the Conniving Fool – Bruce Bradshaw
Congregational Prayer
Closing song: 787 O Day of Peace

Luke 16: 1-14
16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’
8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.

Isaiah 65: 17-25
17 “Look, I will make new heavens and a new earth,
    and people will not remember the past
    or think about those things.
18 My people will be happy forever
    because of the things I will make.
I will make a Jerusalem that is full of joy,
    and I will make her people a delight.
19 Then I will rejoice over Jerusalem
    and be delighted with my people.
There will never again be heard in that city
    the sounds of crying and sadness.
20 There will never be a baby from that city
    who lives only a few days.
And there will never be an older person
    who doesn’t have a long life.
A person who lives a hundred years will be called young,
    and a person who dies before he is a hundred will be thought of as a sinner.
21 In that city those who build houses will live there.
    Those who plant vineyards will get to eat their grapes.
22 No more will one person build a house and someone else live there.
    One person will not plant a garden and someone else eat its fruit.
My people will live a long time,
    as trees live long.
My chosen people will live there
    and enjoy the things they make.
23 They will never again work for nothing.
    They will never again give birth to children who die young.
All my people will be blessed by the Lord;
    they and their children will be blessed.
24 I will provide for their needs before they ask,
    and I will help them while they are still asking for help.
25 Wolves and lambs will eat together in peace.
    Lions will eat hay like oxen,
    and a snake on the ground will not hurt anyone.
They will not hurt or destroy each other
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.