With the craziness in the world right now. We are worshiping form home and I wanted to share what we are doing as a family.
Sunday March 29, 2020
Call to worship – Isaiah 25:1
O Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
Hymn – The Old Rugged Cross
|1: On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame,
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
|2: Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,
To bear it to dark Calvary.
|3: In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see;
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.
| So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
Westminster Shorter Catechism – Question 11
Q: What are God’s works of providence?
A: God’s works of providence are, his most holy,(1) wise,(2) and powerful preserving(3) and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.(4)
- 104:24; Isa. 28:29.
- 103:19; Matt. 10:29-31.
Lord Prayer –
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. – Amen
Hymn – Jesus Paid it all
|1. I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”
|2. Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.
|3. For nothing good have I
Where-by Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.
|4. And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
My lips shall still repeat.
Jesus paid it all,
Sunday Scripture Luke 12:22-34
Prior to the use of currency, men and women bartered to obtain the goods they needed. If one man made shoes and another raised chickens, a pair of shoes could be traded for a certain number of chickens and vice versa. In this case it is clear that both parties profited from the exchange, the hungry cobbler received food to eat and the farmer with cold feet received shoes to wear.
Today we use money to facilitate trade, and rarely do we think the purchaser profits from an economic transaction. Clearly, the shoe salesman profits if he sells a pair of shoes to me for ten dollars if it cost him five dollars to make them. Yet I profit as well. The value I put on having shoes is higher than the value I put on keeping ten dollars in my pocket. In fact, I value the shoes he sells at fifteen dollars, so they are a bargain to me at ten. If the salesman charges sixteen dollars, I do not purchase the shoes since I do not profit if the value I place on them is lower than the price he charges me.
All of this illustrates the subjective theory of value, which recognizes that the price I am willing to pay for a specific good or service is different than the price others are willing to pay for the same good or service. In a coercion-free market where contracts are honored, people get a fair trade if they are able to purchase a good at a price equal to or below what they think it is worth. Thomas Aquinas notes that all this trading and exchanging of our talents and goods meets the needs of others and fulfills one of the Lord’s designs for us.
The subjective theory of value is an economic reality on the human level, but from God’s perspective we must value Him most of all (Ex. 20:3). Therefore, we must prize His glory and the extension of His kingdom more than anything else (Isa. 48:11). Yet subjective value can play a role here as well. For example, the value I place on one-on-one ministry may be so high that I forego monetary wealth and become a full-time missionary. Someone else might highly value giving large sums of money to a multitude of outreaches and seek a profession that pays very well. Both of these love God’s ends most of all, but the ways they value the means to achieve these ends differs.
Our work and purchasing serves to meet the needs of other people. Every time we buy something we put somebody, somewhere, to work. Yet each purchase we make also involves making a decision of what not to buy, since a dollar spent on one thing cannot be used for another. Our treasures, as today’s passage teaches, truly do indicate where our highest priorities lie. Where does your heart lie, according to your bank statement?
- God Our Creator
- God Our Sustainer
- God Our Protector
- God Our Father