Pentecost - Ordinary Time - Proper 19 - Christian Education Sunday

SEEKING, FINDING, AND REJOICING
A WORSHIP SERVICE FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY
BASED ON LUKE 15:1-10

For the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 19


On Christian Education Sunday, the church celebrates teachers and learners of all ages.
Based on the day's gospel lesson, the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin (Luke
15:1-10), this liturgy lifts up a God who seeks, finds, and rejoices in each one of us. The
"Litany for the Dedication of Teachers and Learners" commends this movement of seeking,
finding, and rejoicing as a faithful response to God and a model for Christian education.


Call to Worship

One:  Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does
not leave the 99 in the wilderness and go after the one until it is found?

Boys and men:  When you find it, you lay it on your shoulder and rejoice.

One:  Or what one of you, having ten silver coins, if you lose one, does not light
a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until you find it?

Girls and women: When you find it, you call together your friends and neighbors and rejoice.

All people:  As faithful people all, let us gather by the grace of a seeking God -who
rejoices in finding us here today!

Hymn - "Rejoice, You Pure in Heart" - TNCH55

Prayer of Confession

One:  Let us confess: "Out of sight, out of mind, out of reach."

People:  We confess, 0 God, that is how we sometimes treat you: as though we
could hide from you, or keep you out, or stray from you; as though you
would give up on us as we give up on you.

o God, don't give up on us. Forgive us. Seek us. Find us. Rejoice in us.
Whether we confess it or not, you teach us by word and deed: we are
precious in your sight. Amen.

(silent prayers of confession)


Words of Assurance

One:  There is joy as each of us returns to God!

People:  Thanks be to God!

The Sign of Peace

One:  The peace of Christ be with you.

People:  And also with you.

One:  Turn and greet one another with these words and a sign of peace and
reconciliation.


Hymn - " Amazing, Grace, How Sweet the Sound" - TNCH547

Selected Readings for Pentecost 15
     Hebrew scripture: Exodus 32:7-14
     Gospel lesson: Luke 15:1-10


Sermon

Litany for Dedication of Teachers and Learners
(Teachers are invited forward.)

One:  On this Sunday we affirm that we are all both learners and teachers of the
faith. As the stories of Israel and the parables of Jesus remind us, our God
is eager for relationship, seeking, finding, and rejoicing in us. We are
called, as disciples, to respond in kind, and so we pray ...

People:  As faithful learners, 0 God, may we seek you as you have sought us.
May we carefully search our world, lighting the dark corners, sweeping
away all that hides you from us. Help us to seek you, 0 God.

Teachers:  As faithful teachers, 0 God, may we find what we may have overlooked.
May we put aside the mass of details, so that we can notice the one thing
that really matters. Help us to find you, 0 God.

One:  As faithful teachers and learners, 0 God, may we rejoice as we grow in
your love and love for each other. May we celebrate the value of each of
us and the worth of all of us, seeing your wisdom, mercy, and love all
around us.

People: 
We rejoice in you, 0 God. Amen.


Hymn - "0 God, Who Teaches Us to Live" - TNCH359


Prayers of the People

The Prayer of Our Savior

Offering

A Thanksgiving or Doxology

Celebration of Holy Communion - TNCH 16-20

Hymn - "Sent Forth by God's Blessing" - TNCH76

Benediction

One: Sought by our Creator God, found by the grace of Christ, rejoicing in the
Holy Spirit, go forth to share with others the Good News we have received.
Amen.



TNCH refers to hymns or resources from The New Century Hymnal (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 1995). Similar hymns or resources may be found in other hymnals.


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