Lost and Found

Posted on 06 Mar 2016, Pastor: Walt McCanless

4th Sunday in Lent

Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Please click here to listen to Walt’s “O Prodigal Son” and his haiku sermon for the 11:15 service of worship!

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (Joanna Hipp)

Gracious and Loving God,

We come here today to rejoice and give glory to you. We give you thanks for gathering us here today to honor and celebrate you, joining together this community. We give you thanks for moments to share joy and wonder together, for the work we all do in this place for you. You have showed us your love, you have showed us how to welcome the prodigal home, and how to forgive.

In Christ, you have showed us how to live a model life of loving compassion. May we, your people, work to create a world of feasting together, and reconciling our world to be your world. We come as sinners to feast with all peoples. You restore the prodigal son, you embrace the elder….all who are lost are found in you.

Aid all of us gathered here today to return to you, and all people who are on our hearts and minds to return to you, and to your love. Grant us wisdom and guidance to help those who are on our hearts and minds today, O God. Help us be present with them, just as you are present with all of us.

Help all who are in leadership roles: be with our nation that we may all work together in harmony to create a world of peace and reconciliation. May we one day all feast together at the Table you have set for us all.

To the one who continues to unite us, in this our community, where divisions are broken, may we continue to break the divisions in our lives. May we forgive one another, just as you forgive us, and aid us in doing so. May we no longer be lost to one another, but found in friendship and fellowship. May all who need, find, may all who seek be granted sight, and may all rejoice in the gladness you have bestowed upon us in your creation.

Gracious and loving God, be with us all this day, and all of our days as we unite together saying…

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen