SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 Dorchester United Church WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD
(A time for quiet reflection and
preparation for worship)
We acknowledge that we worship and live onthe traditional
territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron (Neutral), and
Wedat peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Happy are those who are forgiven, whose hearts have been made pure.
Happy are those in whose spirit there is no deceit, who have been
God is our hiding place, God preserves us from trouble.
God will instruct us and teach us the way we should go.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones!
We will shout for joy, for we are upright in heart!
Come, let us worship the Lord...
PASSING OF THE PEACE-
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the Fellowship
of the holy spirit be with you…
And also with you
As you are able and comfortable, let us make peace with one another.
"It's a Song of Praise to the Maker" M.V. 30
SANCTUS (Holy, Holy, Holy V.U 934)
*Children are welcomed to the front of the Sanctuary for Children's Time
during the Sanctus.
CHIDREN'S TIME, LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE, CHILDREN'S PRAYER
Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
Jesus is our friend who loves us always
We are not alone,
we live in God's world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON
"Kyrie Eleison" M.V. 67
INVITATION TO INVEST IN GOD'S MISSION:
SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
THE PRODIGAL SON; THE PRODIGAL FATHER
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:
Then Jesussaid, "There was a man who had two sons. 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. 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. When he had spent everything, a severe famine
took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 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. He would gladly have filled himself with [b]
the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 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! I will get up and go to my father, and I will
say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no
longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired
hands."' 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. 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. 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. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is
found!' And they began to celebrate.
"Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the
house, he heard music and dancing. He called
one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, 'Your brother
has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got
him back safe and sound.'
Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to
plead with him. 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. But when this son of yours came back, who has
devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for
him!' Then the father[ said to him, 'Son, you are always with
me, and all that is mine is yours. 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.'"
MESSAGE: "The Wanderer"
"Come, O Fount of Every Blessing" V.U 559
COMMISSIONING & CHORAL RESPONSE: V.U. 969
(A time to quietly reflect on all that you have
experienced this morning)