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Entrance & Praise

Prelude    “I Love You Lord” (Laurie Klein)    John Kwon
Welcome                  Rev. Park
Announcements              Melanie Bomersback       
Opening Hymn      “To God Be the Glory”  (vs.1&3)  UMH #98

1. To God be the glory, great things he hath done! So loved he the world that he gave us his Son, who yielded his life an atonement for sin, and opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, 
great things he hath done!

3.          Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done, and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son; but purer, and higher, and greater will be our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. (Refrain)

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” (vs.1&3)      UMH #133

1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms; what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; leaning, leaning,
leaning on the everlasting arms.

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the
everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
leaning on the everlasting arms. (Refrain)

Call to Worship                      All
L: The name is the Lord is majestic!
P: The mountains tower and the seas roar in praise of God!

L: When we look at the heavens, we rejoice in God!
P: The moons, stars, planets, solar systems are a delight to us!

 L: Come, let us shout our praise to God!
P: Lord, thank you for this awesome creation! AMEN. 

Passing Peace of Christ        
“O How He Loves You and Me”     TFWS #2108
O how He loves you and me! O how He loves you and me!
He gave his life. What more could he give? O how he loves you;
O how he loves me; O how he loves you and me!

Pastoral Prayer                       Rev. Park
Lord’s Prayer                                 All
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Contemplation Hymn                “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”    UMH #420
Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.



Scripture Reading            Luke 15:20-32 (CEB)    Melanie Bomersback

  “While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him. 21 Then his son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly, bring out the best robe and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet! 23 Fetch the fattened calf and slaughter it. We must celebrate with feasting 24 because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. 
 25 “Now his older son was in the field. Coming in from the field, he approached the house and heard music and dancing. 26 He called one of the servants and asked what was going on. 27 The servant replied, ‘Your brother has arrived, and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he received his son back safe and sound.’ 28 Then the older son was furious and didn’t want to enter in, but his father came out and begged him. 29 He answered his father, ‘Look, I’ve served you all these years, and I never disobeyed your instruction. Yet you’ve never given me as much as a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours returned, after gobbling up your estate on prostitutes, you slaughtered the fattened calf for him.’ 31 Then his father said, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive. He was lost and is found.’ ” 

This is the Word of Life for all the people of God. 
Thanks be to God

Offering Anthem    
“Stand up, Stand Up for Jesus” (George Duffield)     Chris Baffour
Organ Solo


You may give your offering at
Or mail it to
Bethany of Fox Valley UMC
(2200 Ridge Ave. Aurora, IL. 60504)

Message: Mercy of Recovery            Rev. Park

Holy Communion & Sending Forth   

Holy Communion    Screen or Subtitle        Rev. Park
Closing Hymn    “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee” (vs.1-3)       UMH #623

 1. Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face; here would I touch and  
 handle things unseen; here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,
 and all my weariness upon thee lean

 2.This is the hour of banquet and of song; this is the heavenly table
 spread for me; here let me feast, and feasting, still prolong the
 hallowed hour of fellowship with thee.

 3. Here would I feed upon the bread of God, here drink with thee the
 royal wine of heaven; here would I lay aside each earthly load, here 
 taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

Benediction        Rev. Park
Traditional British Hymn         John Kwon

We are glad that you joined us this morning in worship.
 We hope that you find strength, renewal, and a sense of peace 
going through the coming week. 


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