Worship #46 looks at the parable of the lost sheep from Matthew 18, looking at the sense of the Good Shepherd desiring for not a one of the sheep to be lost from the community. Dean Phelps opens our worship with the old hymn ballad tune, the Ninety and Nine, and then brings the communion message with a repeat of his description of "If You Come Up Empty," a song that reflects on another parable of being lost, that of the lost son, and a popular request for sharing at the Lord's Table.
Today's worship is the first of two that will consider Matthew 18's scriptures about seeking what was lost and restoring persons to a community of God's love and care. Next week we will have a special service for September 11, looking at reconciliation.
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Ministry team participating in today's worship
Message: Deb Phelps
Communion: Dean Phelps
Pastor's Prayer: Anj Perkins
Scripture: Genesis 37:18-28 (NRSV) Rahul Nirmal; Matthew 18:10-13, Janet Spaulding.
Opening Prayer: Betty Ann Duke
Communion Prayer: Deb Phelps
In appreciation to Dean Phelps for playing and singing:
"The Ninety and Nine," Words: Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1868;
music: Ira D. Sankey, Sacred Songs and Solos, 1874
"If You Come Up Empty," written and performed by Dean Phelps, 2007; deanphelpsmusic.com.
Performed by DisciplesNet Special Congregational singers:
"What a Friend We Have In Jesus." Words Joseph M. Scriven, 1855; Music Charles C. Converse, 1868
"Amazing Grace," John Newton.
"Sheep May Safely Graze" (Bach) in background of prayer, played by Ruth Adams.