We Have Nothing

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday, September 22
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Guest Preacher
Seminarian Christina Montgomery

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As we are invited today to consider what it means to be managers (rather than owners) of all that we have, it is crucial to recall that we are bought with a price. “Christ Jesus, himself human, . . . gave himself a ransom for all.” Apart from the generosity of God we have nothing—we are nothing. By God’s gracious favor we have everything we need.

Readings and Psalm
Amos 8:4-7
Warnings to those who trample on the needy and poor
Psalm 113
The Lord lifts up the poor from the ashes. (Ps. 113:7)
1 Timothy 2:1-7
One God, one mediator—Christ Jesus—who gave himself for all people
Luke 16:1-13
A shrewd manager: faithful in little, faithful in much; serving God/wealth