|Sun, Sep 15, 2019|
|Scripture Text||Luke 15:1-10|
|Gist of Scripture||Joy in the Heavenly Realm when Creative Transformation is chosen in this realm; God is making all things new|
|Special Sunday?||Choir Returns; Processing and Recessing begins; Liturgist begins up front and starts the Call to Worship at 10am.|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship:|
L: Let us be reminded, O people! God’s joy is the source of our strength, our courage, our hope!
P: We renew our strength in God’s joy this morning!
L: Great God, pause our preoccupations; rest our rehashings.
P: Grace our grip on the goings-on in this world and woo us into the wonder of your worship.
ALL: May we join the joy of Heaven as we sing of your sweet spirit and give you our gratitude!
|Processional Hymn||144 This is My Father’s World (Worship leaders process)|
|Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)|
|Hymn||2166 Christ Beside Me|
|Prayer for Understanding||God of all creative transformation, maker of all things new, breathe with us in a patient way this morning; as slowly and as surely as the sun started her brave new day, pour out your patience and kindness on our minds and hearts as we embark again on our lifelong journey with You. Unfurl your understanding ways on us and lead us in your joyful way. Amen.|
|Scripture Reading:||Luke 15:1-10 – Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”|
So he told them this parable: “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? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 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.’ 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.
“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? 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.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
|Hymn:||2166 Christ Beside Me|
|Sermon Title:||“Joyful for a Change 😉”|
|Prayers of the People|
|Blessing of Gifts||Joyful and generous God, as freely as you give your gracious love, may our spirits be set free in our grateful giving back to you, the benefactor of all beautiful blessings!|
89 Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee