Redefining Lostness

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about the extents of God’s love in seeking to find us, and once found how we often lose the way but take similar efforts to find it again. Based on Luke 15:1-10

The Service for the Lord’s Day   August 5, 2018

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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude
“He the Pearly Gates Will Open”                                   arr. M Ham

“I Stand Amazed in the Presence”                                 arr. M Ham

 

News of the Church

Please complete the card found in your bulletin to place in the collection plate during Offertory.

 

Moment for Mission            Corpus Christi Mission Trip Report                        Youth Participants

 

*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor in Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

*Praise Hymn                          “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”                                     Unknown

 

*Call to Worship (Responsive)

 

Leader:            Some come this morning feeling lost,

People:           but in the Lord’s presence we are found!

Leader:            We leave our wandering ways and seek the security of the Lord’s hands;

People:           He rejoices as He gathers us together.

Leader:            Do not be afraid!  Even in a lost world, we praise the God who continually

seeks us and brings us to Himself.

All:                  Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn                                      “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”                                       AP Carter

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, sometimes we feel like we are just one more person, unimportant and easily forgotten; so we follow the crowd and find ourselves separated from You.  We wonder if You truly love us, or if we are a disappointment; so we continue to act in ways contrary to Your teaching.  Help us to believe that we are special in Your eyes, that You know every hair on our heads and that You not only continually lead us, but You also pursue us and rejoice when we find our way back to You…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            We try to follow Jesus but lose our way.  He finds us and we lose our despair.  He stays with us and we lose our loneliness.  He forgives us the sin that separates us from Him and we gain eternity.

All:                  Thanks be to God!

 

*The Gloria

                        Glory be to God the Father, Glory be to God the Son, 

                        Glory be to God the Spirit, All glory to the One.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Message                                                                                                     AJ Baratta

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.

 

Message                                         “Redefining Lostness”                                        Dr. Jennifer Blake

Luke 15:1-10

The Parable of the Lost Sheep
1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 So he told them this parable: 4 “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

*Hymn #509                                                                           “All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly”                                                                         

 

WE SEAL AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*The Apostles’ Creed

            I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

            I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Offering

 

Offertory Anthem           “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”                                      J S Bach

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)

 

Prayer of Dedication

  

THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Ps. 34:8

All who put their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, whether from this church or another Christian fellowship, are invited and encouraged to share in the Lord’s Supper.  The individually wrapped wafers are Gluten Free so that even those with gluten sensitivities may partake in communion.

 

The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

 

The Words of Institution

 

Communion
“Give Me Jesus”                                                      arr. M Ham

“Wayfarin’ Stranger”                                              arr. M Ham

 

The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Bread (You may partake of the bread when you receive it for

your personal communion with Christ.)

Cup   (Please hold the cup until all have been served that we

may commune together showing our oneness in Christ.)

 

The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 

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; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Hymn #852                                                            “When the Lord Redeems the Very Least”

*Benediction

 

Postlude                                                    “Postlude”                                                   arr. M Ham

 

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit