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Indoor Service

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Prayer


Heavenly Father, we come into Thy presence through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We come to worship and adore Thee. Thou Who are so great and wonderful. Though Who has provided so great salvation through Thy only begotten Son.
Lord, we are only sinners, saved by Thy grace. We have no standing with Thee, except through the blood of Christ and His righteousness that He has given to us at salvation. We confess, O Lord, that we have sinned. We thank You, Lord, that when we confess our sin, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
Lord, we pray that the COVID that we and the world is having to deal with will not harden hearts but make us and all the world realize how far we have drifted from Thee. In Thy perfect time, we ask Thee to bring it to an end. Give those who are working hard to find a cure, wisdom and guidance.
Heavenly Father, we as a nation have a very important election coming up. We have our thoughts, but we don’t want our will but Thy will be done. May we take seriously our responsibilities and our privilege to vote.
We ask that Thy Holy Spirit will guide and direct our worship this day. May we truly worship in spirit and in truth. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


 

Offertory (Organ)

His Robes for Mine (Played by Pat on the Organ)





For the Children (big and small):

OBEDIENCE (Played by Pat)

Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe
Doing exactly as the Lord commands, doing it happily
Action is the key, do it immediately, joy you will receive
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe
O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe
We want to live pure, we want to live 'clean, we want to do our best
Sweetly submitting to authority, leaving to God the rest
Walking in the light, keeping our attitude right, on the narrow way
For if we believe the Word we receive, we always will obey
O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe

(repeat)


 


CHORUS
SAFE AM I

(Played by Pat)

Safe am I, safe am I,
In the hollow of His hands,
Sheltered o'er, sheltered o'er
With His love for evermore
No ill can harm me,
No foe alarm me,
For He keeps both day and night.
Safe am I, safe am I,
In the hollow of his hands.
(repeat)





HYMN
LOVE FOUND A WAY

(Played by Pat)

Wonderful love that rescued me,
Sunk deep in sin,
Guilty and vile as I could be—
No hope within;
When every ray of light had fled,
O glorious day!
Raising my soul from out the dead,
Love found a way.

Love found a way, to redeem my soul,
Love found a way, that could make me whole.
Love sent my Lord to the cross of shame,
Love found a way, O praise His holy name!

Love brought my Savior here to die
On Calvary,
For such a sinful wretch as I,
How can it be?
Love bridged the gulf ’twixt me and Heav’n,
Taught me to pray,
I am redeemed, set free, forgiv’n,
Love found a way.

Love found a way, to redeem my soul,
Love found a way, that could make me whole.
Love sent my Lord to the cross of shame,
Love found a way, O praise His holy name!

Love opened wide the gates of light
To Heav’n’s domain,
Where in eternal power and might
Jesus shall reign.
Love lifted me from depths of woe
To endless day,
There was no help in earth below;
Love found a way.





SCRIPTURE: LUKE 15:11-24

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

SERMON:

October 25th, 2020: Pastor Ed Scaglione



 

Message: THE LOST SON

 

The most famous of the three parables in Luke 15 is the parable of the lost son or as most know it, the parable of the prodigal son. Some divide this parable into two parables because of the section about the brother of the prodigal whose behavior upon the return of his brother was very unsavory. This morning we are going to look at the first lost son.

First, there is the rebellion, he went to the far county. “A certain man had two sons,” Jesus said, “and the younger of them said to his father, father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.” (Luke 15:11-12) In the parable of the lost sheep, it is the Son who is the active member of the Godhead. In the story of the lost coin, it is the Holy Spirit who is at work. In the parable of the lost son, it is the Father who predominates. In fact, in this twin parable, the Father is mentioned by name no less than twelve times.

The lure of faraway places took hold of the young man’s soul. Doubtless, he was fed up with the rules, religion, and righteousness of his father. He longed to get away from it all. He approached his father with his heartless demand. In effect, he said, “Let’s pretend that you are dead so that I can receive here and now my share of the inheritance.” The father, far from becoming angry and refusing his son’s outrageous request, gave him his share. I’m sure that no amount of pleading and reasoning would have done any good. The young man had to find out the hard way what it was like to be cast adrift in a cold, cruel world.

First, we have the prodigal’s going-away prayer. “Father, give me.” it was the prayer of a heartless young fool. Then we are told, “Not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country.” (Luke 15:13a) The expression “took his journey” implied that he went abroad. He wanted to see the world – the great wide, wonderful world. A world far from the narrow confines of Jerusalem, Judea, and Judaism. Whereever he went, the distance could be measured in miles. But the distance as measured by God was expressed in terms of morals, not miles.

Second, he “wasted his substance with riotous living.” (Luke 15:13b) He abandoned himself to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. We see a man throwing his money away, living in debauchery, and surrounded by fast-living companions. We can hear him, “come on, guys, the drinks are on me.” The party girls would add to the fun and foolishness of that faraway land.

Then all his money was gone – and so were his fair-weather friends. God stepped in, doubtless in answer to the son’s father’s heartbroken prayers. “And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.” (Luke 15:14) That was God at work. The far country is not a place to be when your funds run out, your friends take off, and famine moves in. So, “He went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.” (Luke 15:15) He was so hungry that he even fished in the hog’s slop bucket and stuffed the muck into his mouth. Working around hogs is an unclean business, especially for a Jew. So much for the great, wonderful wide world.

Second, there is repentance, he came to himself. He thought of his father’s goodness. “When he came to himself, he said, “How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger.” (Luke 15:17) It was not long after he came to himself that he came to his father. He thought of his father’s grace. He would make a full confession. He said, “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: makes me as one of thy hired servants.” (Luke 15:18-19) David had prayed a similar sinner’s prayer a thousand years before. He prayed, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, an done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” (Psa. 51:4) It would have done no good for this young man to have returned home as rebellious and as riotous as he was when he went away. So now we note his coming home prayer: “Father, forgive me.” .

He said, “I will arise and go to my father.” That was the moment when the will took over. The gospel invitation first reaches the conscience, then the heart, then the mind, and finally the will. (Gen. 24:58; Josh. 24:15; Matt. 23:37; John 5:6) We can picture the young man as he picks himself up, and, pig pail in hand, bangs on the door of the big house. The owner appears, “Here, mister, here’s your bucket. I’m going home.” The man looks at him in disgust. “Going home are you?” we can hear him say. “By the sight and smell of you, if I were your father, I’d turn the dogs loose on you.” “Mister” we can hear the prodigal say, “You don’t know my father.”
Notice that he didn’t try and clean up his life. He came humbly just as he was. That is the way one comes to Jesus Christ for salvation. The hymn “Just As I Am” exhorts the same truth. So off he went, heading for home with a heavy heart but with hope burning brightly in his soul. It wasn’t an easy trip back to the father. He was weakened by a lack of food and because of the famine. There was also the shame that would be involved in coming and confessing his sinfulness. In spite of these difficulties, the prodigal still went home.

Coming to Jesus can also be difficult. But the consequences more than compensate for the difficulties. It would, in fact, be more difficult for the sinner not to come to the Father. So, he travels back home. Finally, at last he topped the last rise, and there is was on the horizon – his father’s house. And hope died within him as he looked at himself and thought of the bright lights of home. His footsteps faltered. He sat down on the ground and buried his head in his hands.

Last of all, there is rejoicing, he came to the father. When he got home the first thing he discovered was a gracious father. “But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) “But” Note the marvelous “buts” in the Bible; they always herald a change. Notice that the father had been looking for his son’s return. “He ran!” God is always swift to forgive and in a hurry to save. Isaiah wrote about God said, “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” (Isa. 65:24) He ran. There he goes, Down from his watchtower, out of the drive and down to the road, arms outstretched and garments flapping all about him. He calls. The poor prodigal gets up. Suddenly he is wrapped in his father’s arms. “He kissed him.” The text suggests that he kissed him fervently and repeatedly.

The son speaks up, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son . . . “ (Luke 15:21) That’s as far as the father would let him go. The father calls out, “But the father said to his servants, ”Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.” (Luke 15:22) A robe! The best robe! A ring for his hand! Shoes for his feet. Received not as a servant but as a son.

He also discovered a glorious father. The father continues: “And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry.” The father gives two reasons why they should rejoice. First, the dead-and-alive reason. Sinners are described by Scripture in terms of death. “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23) “Dead in trespasses and sins.” (Eph. 2:1) Second, the lost-and-found reason. Scripture also refers to a saved sinner as being lost and found. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.” (Luke 19:10)

He also discovered a great forgiveness. The father said, “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” (Luke 15:24) So they brought forth the fatted calf. Music! Dancing! The old house had never known such happy, holy, heavenly merriment in all of its days. “This my son was dead,” the father exclaimed, “and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” “Dead! Alive! Lost! Found! There is the story of the Prodigal son, the whole story of the ruin and redemption of poor, wayward sinners of Adam’s race.

The story was not yet over. The half had not been told. There was another son, a sanctimonious older son. The Lord would have us look at him next week, Lord willing.

Prayer


Heavenly Father, we thank You for this parable and how it speaks to our hearts. Those of us who have come to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, realize that it is speaking of You and Your love for us. Your gracious and mercy toward each of us who are sinners.

We pray for those who do not yet know Thee. We pray, Lord, that Your Holy Spirit and Your Word will penetrate the hearts of those who don’t know Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. May they come to You with broken and contrite hearts and find forgiveness. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.


If you don't know Christ as your Savior, I beg you to read the gospel presentation by clicking on the link below. Ask God to open your heart and your mind, so that you can come to know Christ as your Savior.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

WhatMustIDoToBeSaved


CLOSING HYMN:
JUST AS I AM WITHOUT ONE PLEA


(Played by Pat)
Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee
O Lamb of God, I come! I come

Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot
to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot
O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt
Fighting and fears within without
O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind
Sight, riches, healing of the mind
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve
Because Thy promise I believe
O Lamb of God, I come, I come
Because Thy promise I believe
O Lamb of God, I come, I come