FPCLA Worship September 11, 2022

four community hands interlocked


It rained Friday night. I was walking around outside in bewilderment…smelling the rain…feeling the drops on my face and arms as I looked upwards…it was so familiar and yet, all so foreign since it hasn’t rained in a long time. I wish it would rain more, which is a good reminder to take care of nature. I hope we all enjoyed the rain no matter how briefly it was.

Sermon: Finding Yourself
Scripture: Luke 15:1-10 The Message Bible

1-3 By this time a lot of men and women of questionable reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story.

4-7 “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

The Story of the Lost Coin

8-10 “Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”


  1. We have in person worship at 1:15pm and remote worship.   There is no fellowship hour afterwards, but instead will head out for meal and drinks after we make the homeless bags/boxes for the food pantry. 
  2. FPCLA’s 4th Bday on October 9, 2022.  We will be going out for ate lunch/early dinner on October 9th after we make the homeless bags/boxes for the food pantry.  Please come and celebrate.
  3. On October 6th, 2022 from 6pm-9pm we will be screening, Chosen, directed by Joseph Juhn, which tells the story of 5 Asian American politicians running for congress.  Our very own David Kim who is running for CD34 is in the main story line in the documentary. David recently joined FPCLA, and he has shared with me his beautiful story of being Queer and a PK!   Both will be present at the screening.  RSVPs will be sent out soon.  Here are links for the documentary: 
  4. If you have the means, please give to FPCLA.


Pastor Sam


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