Worship Bulletin for March 31, 2019

SUNDAY MARCH 31, 2019

Laetare Sun­day, Fourth Sun­day in Lent

PASTORAL GREETING  

PRELUDE Mod­er­a­to (Sonate C‑dur Hob XVI/10)  — Joseph Haydn   

A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God as altar can­dles are lit

CHORAL INTROIT

O Lord, Through­out These Forty Days by David Ash­ley White 

CALL TO WORSHIP

L:  How blessed we are that God for­gives us and loves us!
P:  For all those times when we have fall­en short of what God would have us be, we have been for­giv­en.
L:  God makes us new in God’s Spir­it!
P:  Now is the time to joy­ful­ly accept the new­ness of life, which God offers to us.L:  Come, let us wor­ship and be thank­ful.
P:  Let us open our hearts to the peace and joy of God. Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE #98 To God Be the Glo­ry

COMMON PRAYER

How incred­i­ble is your love, O God! We have been made new in your love and rec­on­ciled to you and to each oth­er in peace and joy. Be with us this day as we hear your words of com­fort and hope. Guide our lives that we may serve you more ful­ly all of our days. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30 am)

PSALTER Psalm 32

L:  Oh, what joy for those whose dis­obe­di­ence is for­giv­en, whose sin is put out of sight!

P:  Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in com­plete hon­esty!

L:  I know that when I refused to con­fess my sin, I wast­ed away and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of dis­ci­pline was heavy on me. My strength evap­o­rat­ed like water in the sum­mer heat.

P:  Final­ly, I con­fessed all my sins to you and stopped try­ing to hide my guilt you for­gave me! All my guilt is gone.

L:  There­fore, let all the god­ly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the flood­wa­ters of judg­ment.

P:  For you are my hid­ing place; you pro­tect me from trou­ble. You sur­round me with songs of vic­to­ry.

L:  The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best path­way for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

P:  Many sor­rows come to the wicked, but unfail­ing love sur­rounds those who trust the Lord.

L:  So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

GLORIA PATRI

CHORAL ANTHEM Jesus Paid It All 

by Richard Kingsmore and John T. Grape

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #488 Jesus Remem­ber Me

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERTORY Menuet (Sonate C‑dur Hob XVI/10)  — Joseph Haydn

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2108 O How He Loves You and Me

WRITTEN WORD Luke 15. 11–32  Jesus con­tin­ued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divid­ed his prop­er­ty between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got togeth­er all he had, set off for a dis­tant coun­try and there squan­dered his wealth in wild liv­ing. After he had spent every­thing, there was a severe famine in that whole coun­try, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired him­self out to a cit­i­zen of that coun­try, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stom­ach with the pods that the pigs were eat­ing, but no one gave him any­thing. “When he came to his sens­es, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starv­ing to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heav­en and against you. I am no longer wor­thy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father.”But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with com­pas­sion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heav­en and against you. I am no longer wor­thy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his ser­vants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his fin­ger and san­dals on his feet. Bring the fat­tened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and cel­e­brate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to cel­e­brate. “Mean­while, the old­er son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and danc­ing. So he called one of the ser­vants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your broth­er has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fat­tened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “The old­er broth­er became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and plead­ed with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slav­ing for you and nev­er dis­obeyed your orders. Yet you nev­er gave me even a young goat so I could cel­e­brate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squan­dered your prop­er­ty with pros­ti­tutes comes home, you kill the fat­tened calf for him!’ “’My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and every­thing I have is yours. But we had to cel­e­brate and be glad, because this broth­er of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” 

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

• Should the father have let his son go so eas­i­ly? How would you have respond­ed to his request?

• If you were the father, what would have been your atti­tude when your child returned? 

• Would it have been so bad if the son came back as a ser­vant first in order to earn back his family’s trust?

• How could the father be cer­tain of his son’s sin­cer­i­ty? What con­vinced him that his son was not play­ing him?

HYMN #348 Soft­ly and Ten­der­ly Jesus Is Call­ing

TEACHING Lov­ing a Dys­func­tion­al God

PASTORAL PRAYER

CLOSING HYMN #357 Just As I Am

BLESSING 

SENDING Go Now in Peace  Go now in peace. Nev­er be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, stead­fast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to oth­ers so all the world can see. God will be there watch­ing from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE Finale Presto (Sonate C‑dur Hob XVI/10)  — Joseph Haydn