Our preacher this morning was a member of our own congregation, Supernumerary Minister Reverend Keith Jump. The Call to Worship was from John 10:14-15.
Our first hymn was “Immortal, Invisible God only Wise” After a short prayer the children and young people left for their groups.
Our second hymn was “The Splendour of the King”. Our first reading was 1 Timothy 1:12-17 read by Astley Jones. This is Paul’s first letter to Timothy and he writes to Timothy about the grace he has found in the Lord. Our second reading was Luke 15:1-10 read by Annie Aspinall. We heard the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin.
After the Prayers of Intercession we sang our third hymn, “In Christ Alone”.
Rev Jump preached from the Lectionary passages, reminding us that God is a loving, caring God. In our reading from Luke Jesus responds to accusations from the Pharisees that he welcomed sinners and even ate with them with parables, the two we are considering today those of the lost sheep and lost coin.
The parable of the lost sheep reminds us that God has a personal relationship with each of us just as a shepherd has with his sheep. Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd – I shall not want”. A god who provides for us. Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd – I know my sheep and they know me.
The parable of the lost coin reminds us that we are all precious to God. Many know nothing of God and are spiritually dead. They do not have a relationship with God although God still loves them.
As we approached Communion Rev Jump reminded us of the accusation that Jesus ate with sinners. In the Communion Service Jesus invites us to eat with him, sinners though we are. Will we accept his invitation not just to eat with him but to everyday life following in his footsteps. Instead of being lost sheep we can be restored to a relationship with God.
Our final hymn was “I Will Sing the Wondrous Story”
Kindly written by Lorraine Lowe