This Sunday is our Creative Church Sunday & although I won't be there (other duties call) - I was part of the planning. So here is our plan:
Creative church celebrating new beginnings
Call to worship: Let us worship God – who makes each new day.
Hymn: 377 This is the day
Prayer of approach
How do we feel about any new beginnings we are (or someone known to us is ) facing?
Apprehensive? Scared? Excited? Unsure? Afraid of getting lost?
Story of lost sheep from Luke 15 (from point of view of sheep)
Hymn: 92 Amazing Grace
Prayer for others – written on ribbons, tied to cross as CD plays (Taizé “Jesus, remember me”) – can read prayer or name of person or place for whom you are praying – if you would like to.
Story of the lost coin – from point of view of woman in story
Offertory - chance to give thanks & give back to God
Giving out pennies – shiny, attractive, small – something for you to take away to remember these stories of being lost and being found and of the God who never leaves us lost.
A penny is just a small thing – but Matthew (10 v 29) tells us that Jesus said “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unnoticed by your heavenly Father. And as for you - even the hairs of your head are all counted.”
Hymn: 549 One more step
Blessing: (Philippians 4: 4-7)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.