The Parable of the Rich Fool
Call to Worship
L: O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good.
P: God’s love and warm embrace last forever.
L: When we cry out in distress, the Lord hears our call.
P: Praise the Lord who delivers us from sin and death.
L: Christ calls us to clothe ourselves in righteousness.
P: Worship the One who wraps us with justice, and helps us grow in the image of our Creator.
L: Love well, for your heart is where your treasure is.
All: May our hearts be filled with God’s blessings, divine provisions that meet our true needs.
Bountiful God, who gives to us all that we need to sustain our lives: Open our hearts today to hear your words of compassionate justice, that we may focus on the ways in which you intend us to live and be of service to you by serving the world. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”