Forgiveness Is the Way Home – The Fourth Sunday in Lent [3/31/19]

Today’s Passage:  Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Opening Prayer: We have to make choices every day.  Unfortunately, sometimes we make bad choices.  Many of us have learned that living in this world can be difficult.  Often, without purpose or intention, we get hurt by someone or we hurt someone else.   Father God, forgive us for what we do.  Help us to see when we are wandering away from You.  May You draw us near and keep us close.  Help us to see that we can turn things around and begin life anew.  May we forgive those who have hurt us.  May we ask for forgiveness from those we have wronged.  May our brokenness be healed by a special touch from Jesus.  In the name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: Matthew West – Broken Things (Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdUu6ZsdVfM

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “Forgiveness Is the Way Home” by Carla Pratt Keyes, Pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Why does the story of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 resonate with so many of us? Carla Pratt Keyes, pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, says, “I think its the way this story taps into the human yearning for home. Home as more than a place, but home as yearning to belong, to be known and loved, to be whole.” How do we go home again?  By walking the way of forgiveness.  But where do we find the courage and humility to walk that road?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTqjZgbp37k

Closing Song: Michael W. Smith – Healing Rain (Official Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo1bjTOFbZA

Closing Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we know You have gone to prepare a place for us.  We long for the day when we will finally be in our eternal home with You.  May we be reassured and comforted in knowing we belong to You.  May we feel the peace that comes from knowing we are loved by You.  In your holy name, I pray.  Amen.

Epilogue: Claim the promises.
Plumb – Beautifully Broken (Official Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce6PT-3sQGg

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The River Run Church is affiliated with the International Church of the Nazarene. We are located in the North Central Mission Area of the Maine District.
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