October 2, 2022

Welcome to Girdwood Chapel

Reminders for folks on Zoom – You are welcome to greet one another and we encourage you to arrive a few minutes early to do so! Please keep yourself muted on Zoom once the Facebook stream starts (this preserves our audio quality for those participating on Facebook)

Bold indicates all voices; * Indicates to stand if able


*Call to Worship (Psalm 91, Luke 13)

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,

    who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

    will say to the Lord, 

“My refuge and my fortress;

    my God, in whom I trust.”

Like a brood of chicks gathered under our mothers wings

So too are we sheltered in the safety of our God.


*Song: “How Firm a Foundation” UMC Hymnal #529

(Nathan Drake, Reawaken Hymns)


Communal Prayer 

O God, make the door of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship, narrow enough to shut out envy, pride, and strife.

Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling-block to children, nor to straying feet, but rugged and strong enough to turn back evil’s power.

God, make the door of this house the gateway to your eternal kingdom. Amen


Scripture Readings: Luke 15:11-32

Jesus said, “A certain man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the inheritance.’ Then the father divided his estate between them. Soon afterward, the younger son gathered everything together and took a trip to a land far away. There, he wasted his wealth through extravagant living.

“When he had used up his resources, a severe food shortage arose in that country and he began to be in need. He hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He longed to eat his fill from what the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, but I’m starving to death! I will get up and go to my father, and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son. Take me on as one of your hired hands.” ’ So he got up and went to his father.

“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. Then his son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ 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! Fetch the fattened calf and slaughter it. We must celebrate with feasting because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.

“Now his older son was in the field. Coming in from the field, he approached the house and heard music and dancing. He called one of the servants and asked what was going on. The servant replied, ‘Your brother has arrived, and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he received his son back safe and sound.’ Then the older son was furious and didn’t want to enter in, but his father came out and begged him. 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. But when this son of yours returned, after gobbling up your estate on prostitutes, you slaughtered the fattened calf for him.’ Then his father said, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive. He was lost and is found.’”


Response: For the Word of God in scripture,

for the Word of God around us,

for the Word of God within us,

we say: Thanks be to God.


Sermon: Prodigal: Part 2

Hymn: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” UMC Hymnal #400


Weekly Connection Points

  • Wednesdays: Evening Prayer, 6:15pm
  • Thursdays: Walk, Talk, Pray, 10am (starting in our parking lot)
  • Women’s Bible Study resumes Thursday at 6:30pm
  • Our Food Pantry days and times: First Sundays 2 – 4pm; 2nd and 4th Wednesdays

Coming up!

  • Brunch Church next Sunday! Let Pastor Nico know if you’re willing to be a table leader!
  • Women’s Retreat in Hope, October 14-16
Invitation to Generosity
October Noisy Change is for Western AK Disaster relief. Give in person or online.

To give go to www.girdwoodchapel.com/give.

Mail your offering to PO Box 1068

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Transition off of Facebook
We transition here so that we can gather in a more communal way via Zoom and in person for prayer and communion

Community Prayers

Leader: God in your mercy

People: Hear our prayer

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 tresspasses, as we forgive those who trespass 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.
Holy Communion.
You are invited and welcome to participate in communion with us. Please find something to eat and something to drink (like bread and a beverage) and follow along in the liturgy (on the screen). Congregational responses are in bold. After the prayers we will all be invited to eat and to drink together.
Receiving Communion & Prayer Time

Music: “Come As You Are” – Crowder


Benediction: “On Eagles Wings”

And God will raise us up

On eagles’ wings

Bear us on the breath of dawn

Make us to shine like the sun

And hold us, in the palm, of God’s hand