In this sermon, Pastor Dottie talks about the Thanksgiving holiday as a time to remember what we are grateful for. In our worship services we ask you to give with a grateful heart, but today we express an even greater spirit of thankfulness. Today’s scripture shares the story of the Widow’s Mite. Jesus acknowledged the widow’s great sacrifice. The gospel’s message is about giving with gratitude in our hearts rather than begrudgingly. John Wesley taught that we are not owners of anything in this temporary world. We are stewards. To be wise stewards we should give liberally, and do no harm in the way we earn our living. As we live modestly we have more to share with others.Gifts, rightly given, have a portion of God’s spirit in them, and that spirit and love are transferred to others as we give them in the spirit of love and gratitude.
Prelude “Three Spirituals” arr. Barnes / The Catalina Brass
Postlude “Carillon on ‘Darwall’s 148th'” by James Biery
Scripture Luke 21:1-4
Looking up, Jesus saw rich people throwing their gifts into the collection box for the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow throw in two small copper coins worth a penny. 3 He said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than them all. 4 All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had to live on.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
4 There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; 5 and there are different ministries and the same Lord; 6 and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. 7 A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good. 8 A word of wisdom is given by the Spirit to one person, a word of knowledge to another according to the same Spirit, 9 faith to still another by the same Spirit, gifts of healing to another in the one Spirit, 10 performance of miracles to another, prophecy to another, the ability to tell spirits apart to another, different kinds of tongues to another, and the interpretation of the tongues to another. 11 All these things are produced by the one and same Spirit who gives what he wants to each person.