Lost and Found

September 11, 2016
Passage: Luke 15:1-10

Call to Worship

L: When the lost are found, there is joy!

P: When hope overcomes despair, there is joy!

L: When we seek and find God’s faithfulness, there is joy!

P: Praise to God who is present to us through Christ Jesus!

All: Praise to God who is present to us through one another!

Opening Prayer

God of abundant grace, may your Holy Spirit be with us now as we worship you this day. Open our hearts to your grace and love, that we might find guidance and strength for the journey, for ourselves and for each other. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Luke 15:1-10 (NRSV)

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”