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Worship Sheet for Sunday 11 September      Lost and Found  

The short parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin provoke thoughts in us of things that we have first lost and then found yet, Jesus isn’t really thinking about our concern for lost possessions but about relationships and especially “finding” people who might be restored to fellowship with God and their neighbour. Once again it reminds us of the priority for mission.
Call: The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind. Who amongst us will God see that are wise and seek after God? When so much of the world seems lost may we search for the good yet to be found. Let us refocus our lives on God committing ourselves to Jesus in this time of worship and thanksgiving, repentance and praise.

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Pray : Almighty and Holy God, life giver, shepherd and guide, we come before you in humble adoration. We are delighted to offer this time of worship. We come to sing of your amazing love for us, revealed in Jesus. We come to hear your word anew and to learn more of you. We come to offer our prayers and our gifts. We come aware of our faults and failings. We come glad that when we choose to lose our way and walk away from you, you are patient and wait for us to return. We acknowledge that we have failed you on many occasions and are glad to know that each time, when we return to the fold, you forgive us. We are encouraged to know that when we are lost, you are always looking for ways to help us return to the fold and never give up on us. We are humbled by your unconditional love and desire to be in a full relationship with us. You are always willing to forgive and ready to restore us into a right relationship with you. Thank you. May we learn to love as you do and create relationships with others as you do with us. Open our hearts that we may collaborate with you in seeking and finding others and helping to connect them in love. We pray in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray saying Our Father…

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Luke 15:1-10  The parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin.
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Thought- We can become quite agitated and concerned if we lose something precious to us – and will perhaps make frantic efforts to find it. A ring, wallet, ring and obviously a pet or wayward child. But Jesus actually stresses not the loss in these parables but the finding – well the searching, finding and rejoicing. When we are up against things there is a tendency to batten down the hatches for protection. Jesus’ approach is rather to give of himself in love for the good of others and to please God. In the first parable, it isn’t that Jesus ignores the needs of the 99 – (I have no doubt he would have ensured their safety) but he sees the danger to the 1 who isn’t in the fold as being more pressing. Many times I have said that mission is God’s priority and here that view is reinforced. The second highlights the finding of the coin and the rejoicing the woman shares with her neighbours. We need to remember that “sinners” isn’t a category of “other” people but a group which, without exception, we are all a part of. The good news is that in Jesus we are accepted and forgiven, but we need to be as intent in sharing Jesus’ love with others as he was in forgiving and accepting us. We are to be in the finding business!

Praise: MP 315            I will sing the wondrous story.
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Pray: Merciful God, you offer us unconditional love and forgiveness, we are grateful to know that you will always find us, there is nothing that we can do that you aren’t ready to forgive. All we need to do is accept your love and admit our faults and failings. We pray for our world, for people and situations where your love and your healing touch is needed. We  hold before you the faithful people continuing the work of your kingdom, taking the good news to all who need it today, sharing your love with people, helping them come to know you and follow you. We pray especially for those who do this where there is persecution and danger. Thank you for your worldwide church, for people and places where your love is taught and lived out daily. We pray for congregations trying to maintain worship and fellowship in places where the majority of the community have turned their back on attending church and for the many who have become lost to you. We pray for those whose ministry is seeking out these lost souls and helping them find their way back to you, even when that does not necessarily bring them back to church. Bless those ministering “on the fringes”. We  pray for people and situations around the world where your loving presence is needed. For people seeking you and longing to know you as we do. For situations where natural disaster or war and threats of violence make life a daily struggle and where your presence is needed by so many. Lord, we are grateful for those who have faithfully served you over the centuries. May we be your faithful people loving and serving in the world, revealing your kingdom here and now. In our prayer walk this week we pray for our Councillors, MSP’s and MP’s. SILENCE.

Hear our prayers silent and spoken for Jesus’ sake Amen.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.