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SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019
Dorchester United Church
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

MUSIC PRELUDE (A time for quiet reflection and preparation for worship)

We acknowledge that we worship and live on the 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 washed clean.
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.

HYMN "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

LORD'S PRAYER

ANTHEM

LENTEN PRAYER

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CREED :

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

HYMN "Kyrie Eleison" M.V. 67

INVITATION TO INVEST IN GOD'S MISSION:

DOXOLOGY

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 Jesus said, "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"

HYMN "Come, O Fount of Every Blessing" V.U 559

COMMISSIONING & CHORAL RESPONSE: V.U. 969

POSTLUDE (A time to quietly reflect on all that you have experienced this morning)