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Sep 09

17th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

"What householder 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?"  (Luke 15:8)

“What householder 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?” (Luke 15:8)

Worship Ideas

  • The parables that Jesus uses in the Gospel lesson (Luke 15:1-10) are likely familiar to many in your congregation, so you may want to explore them in some new ways.
    • Decorate the worship space as though you are having a party – complete with balloons and streamers. Have someone from the congregation “hide” before worship. When it comes time to explore the Word together, invite the congregation to help you search for that one person.  Once he/she is found, start your “party” (celebrate with song, share something to eat). Talk with the congregation about what it felt like to search for their friend – and talk with the one who was “lost” about what it was like to be found. Use this as a way to talk about how God searches for us – all of us – so we can “join the party”.
    • Hide a coin in the worship space. Invite the kids (and/or adults) to search for it. When they find it, talk about what it felt like to search for the coin. An important observation: the coin didn’t find you, did it? The coin did not make any choices or movements. All of the actions were taken by the one doing the searching. This is how Jesus describes God’s pursuit of us

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (inspired by 1 Timothy 1:12-17)

Give thanks to the Lord who gives us strength.

Praise be to the One who shows us mercy and grace.

Christ comes to save.

Glory to God!

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 14)

Lord, we confess that we are foolish. We see the wonders of your hand, day by day; and still we live as though you barely matter. Deliver us from our foolish ways. Fill us with your wisdom, that we may know the Way.

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