Baptist Church in Warren
March 18, 2007 10:30 am
Rev. Esther Irish, Interim Minister
*Let those who are able, please stand
Ushers will collect Prayer cards during the first hymn.
CALL TO WORSHIP
“Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart” (Ps. 15:1–2 NIV).
*HYMN OF PRAISE #151
“Beneath the Cross of Jesus”
*INVOCATION (the Lord’s Prayer)
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
*GLORIA PATRI (Sung together) #575
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
*PSALM FOR TODAY Psalm 32 (NRSV)
The Joy of Forgiveness
1Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
5Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
6Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
7You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
8I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
10Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
11Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
SCRIPTURE READING 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NRSV)
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
OFFERING TO GOD
*DOXOLOGY (Sung together) #572
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below:
Praise him above ye heavn’ly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
*HYMN OF PRAYER insert
“Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days”
*HYMN OF PRAISE # 46
“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
SCRIPTURE TEXT Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 (NRSV)
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable:
11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16 He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” ’ 20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21 Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27 He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ 28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ 31 Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’ ”
MESSAGE Rev. Esther Irish
*HYMN OF RESPONSE #271
“Christ Receiveth Sinful Men”
Attendance:, 2007 -
PAPA GINO’S - March 1, 2007 we will participate in our first fund-raiser at Papa-Gino’s Restaurant, Warren. Papa-Gino’s will contribute 20% of the proceeds from purchases; either dine-in or take-out. Flyers, to be presented at the time of purchase, are in your bulletins, these may be copied or get extras from the office to give to friends. The Church and Carousel Nursery are doing this as a joint venture. All proceeds will be used for Fire Code Upgrades.
Tuesday 9:00am Bible Study
Feb. 28 thru Mar. 28 – 6:30 p.m. Follow the Way: Images of Discipleship in Jesus of Nazareth - The Baptist Church in Warren (Soup and Salad Dinners)
April 5 – Maundy Thursday - First Baptist Church in Swansea – Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
March 24 – Pasta and Meatball Dinner - get your tickets today from John Keegan
May 5 – Fancy Feast
Rev. Esther Irish – Interim Minister 289-0659/(c) 316-4392
Dorothy Yoreo – Organist 246-1223
Rosalyn DiIorio - Director 508-336-6432
Dan Cahoon – Custodian 245-4658
Priscilla Drummond, Secretary 253-3917
In our Thoughts and Prayers:
Virginia Conklin, 81 Rogers Avenue, Barrington, RI 02806
Madelyn Thompson, East Bay Manor #221, 1440 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02915
Lisa Clark, 785 Main St., Warren, RI 02885
Gussie Ginalski, 147 Bay Spring Ave., Bay Spring Village, Barrington, RI 02806 Room 112
Esther Robinson, 24 Barney St., Warren, RI 02885
Romeo and Joyce Lombardi, 27 Barney St., Warren, RI 02885
Bob Chapman, 11 Shore Road, Riverside, RI 02915
Ruth Strom, East Bay Manor, 1440 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02915
Pat Everett, 19A Sisson St., Warren, RI 02885
Ruth and Bill Frazel, East Bay Manor, 1440 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02915
Dorothy Garvin, 27 Cottage St., Warren, RI 02885
Carlton Fisk, Clifton Rehab, Somerset, MA
Jen Dunham, 782 Main St., Warren, RI 02885
(If you know of someone not on our list, please call the Church office: 245-3669)
Church Office and Food Pantry Hours:
M-W-F 9 a.m. – 12 noon
16 Miller Street
Warren, RI 02885
Web Address: http://starturl.com/bcw