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. Luke 15:20
The parable of the Prodigal Son comes to us on Sunday, in the middle of Lent. This most well known of all the parables opens up topics of youthful rebellion, family customs, sibling rivalry, alienation, shame, forgiveness, reconciliation and more. Luke tells us that the son went away into “a distant country”. Have you ever been there, psychologically and spiritually speaking? Maybe you are there now. Or maybe you feel like leaving for “a distant country”. It’s a common occurrence, no doubt about it. The church exists to be a home that offers nothing but “welcome-back” and forgiveness. Jesus stands at the door and welcomes home everyone who has been away in some “distant country” for a short time or for the better part of a lifetime.
The choir rehearses at 8:45 am. All voices are welcome.
We’ll gather for a potluck lunch after the service. It’s a joy to see how folks pitch in setting up and cleaning up. Set up will have to be Sunday morning because our Family Promise families will be there until Sunday morning.
There are still a few volunteer slots available for our second hosting week. Speak to Kim Ho or Kim Canning.
The Sunday school schedule has been sent out by Kim Canning.
The council meets after lunch. Council members, I’ve heard from most of you. If I haven’t heard from we’ll assume that you’ll be there for the meeting.
If the sun is out and the solar panels are clear Ron will show you how they are generating power for our building. What a great addition to our church and to the community. I believe that the panels look good up there. When the system passes the final inspections we’ll schedule a blessing.