The Shrewd Manager

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November 13, 2016 – Gary Clemmer

Scripture: Luke 16:1-13

More than ever we feel the tension between the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God.  What does it mean to be “shrewd” as it relates to our earthly resources?   Jesus calls his followers the Children of Light, because we are called to reflect his goodness into a dark world.  To this end, our challenge is to leverage every resource, take every opportunity, and use all that we have been given to make real the values of the kingdom of God.

Today’s reading: The Mystery is Yours

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THE MYSTERY IS YOURS LITANY

Reader
Breathtaking, Ever-Gracious God,
you who call new worlds into being,
you who make peace between the wolf and the lamb:
You are wonderful … and you leave us wondering.

All
O LORD, hear our prayer.

Reader
We experience you in contradictions.
You are the wild hope of our dreams,
and you are the restless agony of our souls.
You accept the praises of floods and storms,
yet you hover in love over places of devastation.
You command us to love our neighbors

All
For the complexity that is yours,
for the contradictions with which we wrestle:
For the complexities that are ours,
for the difficulties in life that we blame on you:
O LORD, hear our prayer.

Reader
We look to you for guidance through all that is perplexing,
and as we breathe together in this moment of prayer,
we pray for the patience and the wisdom
to wait (to wonder) without answers.

All
O LORD, hear our prayer.
We are amazed by what you accomplish
with us and within us. Most of all,
we are amazed that you do not leave us.
We are humbled and grateful for your unfailing grace.

Reader
With our teacher Jesus,
And with the whole host of witnesses across scripture,
we claim in prayer and thanksgiving:
the mystery is yours, and all that is in it.

All
Therefore, we trust you
in all that we do not know or understand,
and we join you in the working out
of healing, of justice, of peace
beyond imagination.
O LORD, this is our prayer. Amen.


from Gary Clemmer