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READINGS

Jeremiah 4:11-12,22-28       The scorching wind of destruction is prophesied
1 Timothy 1:12-17                God's pouring out of abundant grace
Luke 15:1-10                         Parties for the lost and found

HYMNS RS = Rejoice and Sing SF = Songs of Fellowship  

  67 Immortal, invisible, God only wise   234
  92
Amazing grace!   19
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It is a thing most wonderful   252
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The King of love my Shepherd is   533
  72
Come let us sing of a wonderful love
406
Now unto the King

CALL TO WORSHIP

To our eternal King   WHO IS IMMORTAL AND INVISIBLE
To our eternal King   WHO IS THE ONLY GOD
To our eternal King    BE HONOUR AND GLORY FOR EVER AND EVER! AMEN
Let us give honour and glory, worship and praise to our eternal King.

PRAYER OF APPROACH

We give thanks to you Christ Jesus because you give us strength,
you have called us to be your friends - to love you and to follow you.
When we were lost you sought us ought.
When we did things to hurt you, you did not lose patience with us.
You gave your life for us, you showed us your tender mercy,
you poured out your life,
you poured out your grace,
you poured out your faith,
you poured out your abundant love.
And so we come to worship you,
to celebrate because you have found us and brought us home rejoicing,
offering our lives, our faith, our love
and thanking you for all that you give us abundantly.
Amen.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Begin with a few moments of quiet for personal confession

O God pour out your abundant grace upon me, in your love
and with mercy pardon all the things I have done wrong,
for my guilt weighs heavily on my shoulders
as I know all of my faults and failings.
I have hurt you, I have let you down and done what you consider hateful.
You would be right to condemn me, to turn me away from you.

And yet instead you seek me out.
I know that this is a true saying to be completely accepted and believed.
'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners'
You forgive me, you renew my soul in faithfulness and love.
You call me to follow you - and I come!
Thanks be to God. Amen.