CALL TO WORSHIP (based on Psalm 146)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

Happy are those whose hope is in the Lord their God.

Our God upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free; he opens the eyes of the blind and he lifts up those who are bowed down.

The Lord cares for the stranger and sustains the widow and the orphan.

Our God loves the righteous, but the ways of the wicked he brings to nothing.

I will exalt the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God while I have being.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Compassionate God, we confess that we are a people that ignore that which is around us.  We are so focused on what we have to do and who we have to see, that we pass by those who are suffering.  We choose to turn away.  We ignore those begging for what they need to live.  We neglect those who are in need of healing.  We disregard our sisters and brothers who are oppressed by systems of our own creation. Forgive us our willful ignorance, O God.  Break through the walls that we have erected to keep us safe and secure.  Open our eyes to those who are in pain.  Open our ears to their cries of injustice.  Compel us to change the systems that imprison so many, so that all your children might live in freedom.  In the name of Jesus, we pray

 

WORDS OF COMFORT

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, proclaiming Jesus Lord and King of all.
Thanks be to God.


THE PRAISE SONG              “Good Good Father

 

THE SCRIPTURE   Luke 16:19-31

 

THE SERMON “Parables to Live By: The Rich Man and Lazarus”     Rev. Dr. Jordan Rimmer


HYMN- No. 323            “Holy Holy Holy”

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