The Prodigal

Dr. Jennifer Blake reviews the familiar story of the Prodigal Son from three different angles to define the word “prodigal” and show how extravagant God is with his love for us. Based on Luke 15:11-32

The Service for the Lord’s Day August 12, 2018

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“Meditation”                                                  L Vierne

“The Ninety and Nine”                                   arr. K Dearing


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Moment for Mission                Presbyterian Women Mission


*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 with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Praise Hymn                                     “At the Cross”                                                 Hillsong


*Call to Worship

Leader:     We gather this morning as sons and daughters coming home;

People:    seeking forgiveness.

Leader:     We humble ourselves before God,

People:    expecting condemnation.

Leader:     The same God who created us and gave us the will to walk away, runs to

us as we find our way back.

         ALL:      Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                               “10,000 Reasons”                                        M Redman


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord,  we don’t always see Your plan for us.  We chase our dreams and often only find bitter reality.  We doubt Your ability to fulfill our needs and instead seek unnecessary desires.  We run from You and Your commands not realizing that You long for our return.  Help us to use the talents, abilities and wisdom You gave us to serve You; to reach out to others; and to find our place in Your world.…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:    Jesus gives His heart and His mercy to those who stay beside Him and those

who walk away.  His love enfolds all who seek Him and His forgiveness

reaches all who fall at His feet.

.     ALL:          Thanks be to God!


* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.



Blessing of the Backpacks


Children’s Message                                                                                             Pastor Jenni

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.


Anthem                                            “He Is My Peace”                                               D Allen


Message                                            “The Prodigal”                                            Dr. Jennifer Blake

Luke 15:11-32

The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother

11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16 He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ 20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21 Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.

25 “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27 He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ 28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ 31 Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’”



*Hymn #418                                                                 “Softly & Tenderly Jesus is Calling”                                                                 

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

        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.


Offertory                          “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”                         arr. H. Sorenson


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn #837                                                          “What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine”




Postlude                                                  “Rondo”                                                         J Bull



*Please stand, in body or in spirit