We are all lost at times in our lives. As Jesus describes the kingdom, every single lost son, coin, and sheep is valuable to the one who lost it. These parables underscore the importance of every single one of God’s children being welcomed into God’s community, no matter how far they’ve roamed, nor what has happened to them.
Worship this week with Holy Communion:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Modified traditional worship in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worsip
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
Lost Sheep, Coin, Son March 19, 2017
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday: Sheep, Coin, Prodigal Son, Luke 15:1-32
Monday: The Law of the Firstborn’s Inheritance, Deuteronomy 21:15-17
Tuesday: Stoning a Rebellious Son, Deuteronomy 21:18-21
Wednesday: Penitent’s Psalm, Psalm 51
Thursday: A Righteous Heart, Proverbs 21:1-5
Friday: The Parable of the Dishonest Manager, Luke 16:1-13
Saturday: The Kingdom of God, Luke 16:14-18
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10
Finding something you thought you’d lost feels like a second chance, a new beginning. From keepers of sheep and seekers of coins to fathers of wayward children, Jesus brings home the unfettered joy of a creator reunited with those who are most beloved. God welcomes every single one of God’s children into God’s kingdom; none is more valuable than another.
- Who in your community has been outcast or has lost their way? How might you help them become found? What message of God’s love could you bring? How could you support them in their struggles?
- How far from God have you strayed? What will you do this week to spend intentional time with God?
PRAY: Lord God, You clearly show no partiality among those whom you have created. May our joy be even a fraction of yours at the restoration of those who have wandered away from your promises and the joy of your abundant life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
BLESS: God finds you wherever you are. Amen.