Welcome to Worship Connection 2020!

Newton, Kansas

Rev. Scott McGinnis, Pastor

  ​August 23, 2020

Travel Stories - The Lost Brothers

PRELUDE     "Variations on “Old 100th”" ~ Helen Wild, Piano

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CALL TO WORSHIP AND LORD’S PRAYER  

Dear God,

We are thankful You not only forgive us, (1 John 1:9) but that You wash us clean (1 John 1:9) and set our feet in a new place. (Ephesians 2:6)

When we receive You as our Lord and Savior, we are born again (John 3:1-21) by Your Spirit and You now call us a new creation.  (2 Cor. 5:17)

Because You sees us through the blood of the Lamb, we are holy, (Heb 10:10) and have become the righteousness of God.  (2 Cor. 5:21)

Oh God, what a privilege You have given us.  

Our great God, we are humbled by Your mercy and grace toward us, You have changed our spiritual positions from sinners to saints (Romans 5:6-8, 1:7) and priests to our God.  (Rev 1:6, Rev 5:10)

Help us Jesus become now in our conduct what You have given us by position.

Thank Lord Jesus for Your unimaginable sacrifice on our behalf! 

In Jesus Name, Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer  (Click link to listen then close song page to return)

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.

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HYMN  "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing #356"  ~ Helen Wild, Organist 

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PRAYER OF CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Thank You dear Father that we have all Your love and grace already because that is who You are!  

Thank you that we need not, nor cannot, earn Your love or grace, but can just receive it with grateful hearts.  

Empower us by Your Holy Spirit to share this with others.  

In Jesus Name, Amen

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE ~ Gloria Patri   Performed by Marie Engle, mezzo soprano, with Ken Rodgers, piano.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost!  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be! 

World without end, Amen, Amen!

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CHILDREN'S MESSAGE  - Rev. Scott McGinnis, Pastor 

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HYMN  "When Peace Like a River" ~ Helen Wild, Organist 

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SCRIPTURE

Luke 15 The Message (MSG)

The Story of the Lost Sheep

15 1-3 By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story.

4-7 “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

The Story of the Lost Coin

8-10 “Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”

The Story of the Lost Son

11-12 Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’

12-16 “So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

17-20 “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.

20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’

22-24 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.

25-27 “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he

came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one

of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ‘Your brother came home.

Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and

sound.’

28-30 “The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father

came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen. The son said, ‘Look how many

years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you

ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away

your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’

31-32 “His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and

everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate.

This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!’”

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Luke 15 (The Message)

MESSAGE 

Travel Stories - The Lost Brothers ~ Rev. Scott McGinnis

Pastor Scott's printed sermon is available

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GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS

Please mail your offering to P.O. Box 249, Newton, KS  or if you would like to enroll in automatic withdraw, please send a voided check with the monthly amount to to care of Marsha Swander, FPC Teasurer.  Thank you for keeping your church in your thoughts and prayers.

 

DOXOLOGY  (Click link to listen then close song page to return)

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him,

all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

HYMN    "Great is Thy Faithfulness #276"  ~  Helen Wild, Organist

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BENEDICTION

May the Lord bless you and keep you; 

May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 

May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Amen.

POSTLUDE   "Let Praise Ring Forth"  -  Helen Wild, Organist

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