"Oh, brother!" he may have thought, as he neared home from his work in the fields and found a party going on. He may have wanted to do anything BUT celebrate the return of his troublesome brother. Our worship today looks at the well-known story of the prodigal son---but takes a back door approach on what it might have been like to be his older brother- with a lesson for all of us about relationships, redemption, and following the ways of Christ.
Worship this week is 34 minutes, with singing, scripture, and prayer with our message from Luke 15 by Amy Grogan. And as we do every week, we will share communion together at the end of worship (breaking of the bread). We pass along the invitation to join in 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 goes beyond all earthly boundaries of time, place, and structure, we ask that you prepare a piece of bread of some type and a drink, such as grape juice, wine, or water. As we pray, our prayers are given to extend 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 being 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.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening background music: Softly and Tenderly
2. Welcome, Deb Phelps, with Psalm 30:10-12
3. Opening hymn: "Sanctuary"
4. Pastor’s prayer: Bob Shaw
5 Special Music: "Softly and Tenderly," v1
6. Scripture: Luke 15:1-3,11b-25
7. Message: “The Forgotten Son" Amy Grogan
8. Hymn: “Softly and Tenderly, v 2-3"
9. Communion: Russ Smith
10: Hymn: "Jesus, Remember Me"
11. Benediction/Sending Out
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, including talking more about belief in God, becoming a Christian or following Christ, being baptized, or living as a disciple of Christ, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us using the contact information on our website, www.disciplesnet.org, or our Facebook page, DisciplesNet Church.
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:
1100 W 42nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
And emailing address is: email@example.com
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!