Worship for March 27, 2022

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God’s Prodigal Son

March 27, 2022 at 11 a.m. | Bulletin

‘The Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them.”  So he told them a story.’  Luke 15 

On Sunday, I want to share with you the story of ‘God’s Prodigal Son,’ by whom I mean, of course, Jesus.

The word ‘prodigal’ can mean wastefully extravagant, but it also means ‘having and giving something on a lavish scale’.  When some of Jesus’ (many) critics grumble about Jesus, they no doubt think of that first definition. They call him a ‘glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’  Here in Luke 15 they accuse him of ‘welcoming’ tax collectors and sinners–marginalized people who don’t follow the rules.

But Jesus will have a beer with anybody. Gosh, a chapter earlier in Luke (Ch. 14), Jesus is invited to party with some Pharisees.  What does he do? He goes, of course!

That’s Jesus. He’s not very picky.  He’s not very judgy. He’s lavish with his love, he’s generous with grace, he’s prodigally imprudent. He gives and gives. He is, for sure, God’s prodigal son, and he comes by it honestly: the child of a ridiculously generous God.

This Sunday we are welcoming back the SPSA choir! These generous, wonderfully prodigal singers have been away awhile, and now they’re back! Sing with us, if you like. We’ll rehearse at 9:45.

See all you prodigal people Sunday!