This week's worship at DisciplesNet looks at the story of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32. Rev. Russ Smith invites us to examine this parable from different perspectives, depending upon where each of us is in life.
Our short worship together, 30 minutes includes prayer, scripture, singing, and listening to the word together with people in times and places all around the world. Also in this week's worship, we include pastor/singer/songwriter Dean Phelps on this worship, telling the inspiration for his song, "If You Come Up Empty," which we use for our communion meditation.
As we do every week, our time together includes a time of communion (breaking of the bread) where you may choose to participate, or simply meditate as we tell of Jesus' invitation to "do this in remembrance of me."
If you would like to share with us at the table that defies all boundaries of time, place, and structure, then we ask that you prepare a wafer, cracker, or bread and a drink. As we pray, we are praying that our blessing extends to where you are. If you are unable to eat or drink, you may want to use a symbolic gesture or mental symbol as you come together at this table of remembrance with us. (Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from beige part. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that are always open, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, including talking more about becoming a Christian or following Christ, please email us at email@example.com, or contact us using the contact information on our website, including our community, DisciplesNet City Cafe, found on our website.
Invitation to Giving:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church that exists to cross barriers and boundaries to share the Good News of God's redeeming love. We rely on the gifts of our online viewers as we continue to grow and extend our nets around the world.
We also extend the invitation for you to be part of the DisciplesNet ministry by giving a one time gift, or ongoing, including a tithe. Even the smallest of gifts, like the mustard seed, have a way of growing in amazing ways to share God's word and the love of Jesus Christ.
We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org. Our physical address for donations is:
PO Box 17935
Indianapolis, IN 46217
And emailing address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
Video editing by Deb Phelps, Russ Smith, Susan McNeely, Joy Torrence.
DisciplesNet Church has a WorshipCast License with Christian Copyright Solutions which allow us permission to provide for you the musical arrangements found here on this site.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening background music and hymn: "Softly and Tenderly," played by Pam Barksdale,
2. Special hymn: Softly and Tenderly," CH# 340, sung by Southport Christian Church gospel quartet
3. Scripture: Luke 15:11b-32 (NRSV), read by Audrey Borschel
4. Pastor's Prayer with Lord's Prayer, Deb Phelps
5. Message: "Come Home," Rev. Russ Smith
6. Hymn, "Amazing Grace," CH#546, sung by Southport Christian Church
7. Moment of Sharing: Susan McNeely
8. Communion: Dean Phelps, Blanche Edwards, Deb Phelps
9. "If You Come Up Empty, written and played by Dean Phelps
10. Sending out, Russ Smith