In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about waste and our responsibilities to God and to each other–in stewardship, partnership, and fellowship. Here are some excerpts:

“…Let us see what the Parable of the Prodigal Son has to say to us on Labor Sunday. The first thing of which it reminds us is this:”

“1. Our very existence on this planet involves us in a PARTNERSHIP.”

“…The earth that sustains us is rich, but all its riches must be worked for God created everything, but He manufactures nothing. He provides bountifully for our needs, but we must take that raw material, and by the application of intelligence and energy, transform it…”

“…We cannot escape this partnership between God and man. There is no bread without work…”

“This was the mistake, the folly and the sin of the prodigal — he thought…”

“2. Our very existence here involves us in a STEWARDSHIP as well as a Partnership.”

“…Stewardship, you know, is no mere dogma of theology, not just something we think about in October and November when we are seeking to raise the church budget for the ensuing year. “The earth is the Lord’s,” and we are His stewards, accountable to Him for the way we use the earth’s resources. Man’s linkage to the land is very real, so real indeed that the earth reflects his moods and his sins…”

“3. Our very existence on this planet involves us in a FELLOWSHIP.”

“…The world is a very small place today, and we are linked by a thousand invisible bonds to other people of different nationality, color and customs. And mankind, for far too long, has been living like the prodigal, in the “far country” of ill will and hate, shunning the fellowship of our true home in God…”

What Would Happen?

“What would happen in the world today if…”

“…It is not simply a matter of giving people our resources. It is more a matter of…”


Waste, Want, and Worthiness. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


September 3, 1989

Luke 15:13,14,19

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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