14th Sunday after Pentecost, 15 Sep 2019 -Luke 15:1-10 ~ rejoice when one sinner repents

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer: 

Undaunted You seek the lost, O God, exultant You bring home the found. Touch our hearts with grateful wonder at the tenderness of Your forbearing love. Grant us delight in the mercy that has found us and bring all to rejoice at the feast of forgiveness. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“The Love of God Is Greater Far” – Deborah P. Kim

The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell, It goes beyond the highest star And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win. His erring child He reconciled And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure The saints’ and angels’ song

Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill And every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God above Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole Though stretched from sky to sky

O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure The saints’ and angels’ song

Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-10 (NLT)

Parable of the Lost Sheep

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!

So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?

And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
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Reckless Love – Cory Asbury

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Intercession:

Merciful God, in Your kindness, hear our prayer –

+ For peace and goodwill throughout the world, that Your people may be united in faith and live quietly….
+ For Your church leaders throughout the world, that they may lead by example….
+ For Your church throughout the world, that we might be a light to the nations….
+ For all who proclaim the Gospel and teach and disciple others throughout the world, that they may bear good fruit….
+ For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith. that they might receive Your grace to endure injustice….
+ For world leaders and those in authority, that they may recognize their accountability to You and govern accordingly….
+ For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity, that they may receive Your help and comfort….
+ That all believers may experience Your forgiveness and healing love, particularly when we fail….
+ That all those who believe they are beyond Your mercy may experience Your compassion and and forgiveness, and be reconciled to You….

Merciful God, in Your kindness, You blot out our sins and failings: hear our prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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“Psalm 51” (Wisdom in the Secret Heart) – Shane and Shane
Behold I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceived me
Behold you delight in the truth and the inward me and you teach me, wisdom in the secret heart.

Our sins not far but right in front of me against you and you alone God I am guilty
Wash me thoroughly cleanse me from iniquity, and teach me, wisdom in the secret heart

Create in me a clean heart, oh God, Renew a right spirit within me, oh God
Cast me not away from Your presence, take not Your Holy Spirit
restore in me the joy of Your salvation. and teach me, wisdom in the secret heart

Send me the chief of sinners to proclaim, come be forgiven the sin of the lamb of God was slain
Open my lips and my mouth will declare your endless praise, and teach me, wisdom in the secret heart

Create in me a clean heart, oh God, Renew a right spirit within me, oh God
Cast me not away from Your presence, take not Your Holy Spirit
restore in me the joy of Your salvation, and teach me, wisdom in the secret heart
wisdom in the secret heart

The Lord is gracious. and slow to anger. Rich in love, He is good to all good to all

Create in me a clean heart, oh God, Renew a right spirit within me, oh God
Cast me not away from Your presence, take not Your Holy Spirit
restore in me the joy of Your salvation, and teach me, wisdom in the secret heart
wisdom in the secret heart

Closing: – 1 Timothy 1:14,15 –

Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled us with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”

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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen



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