It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found. - Luke 15:32 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. - 1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV
Rembrandt van Rijn's (1606-1669) masterpiece, The Return of the Prodigal Son, artistically captures the scene of Luke 15. You are familiar with the parable; a father has two sons, the younger son demands his inheritance early and loses all of it, while the older son angrily asserts his history of obedience. Both sons are living a tragic existence. In a way the title of the parable should be, The Return of the Prodigal Sons. Both need mercy and grace and both receive it from their father.
As we approach Easter, it would be fitting to explore the depth of God's mercy for us. The death, burial and resurrection of our Savior is bound in His love. Likewise, the mercy we have received from God should emanate to those around us as we live the gospel in word and deed. I hope you will join me as we begin a new sermon series on mercy this Sunday.
Here is a glance at the March calendar:
Mar 08: Women's Bible Study
Mar 09: MOPS, Men's Evening Bible Study, Youth Group
Mar 10: Men's Morning Bible Study
Mar 12: Church Wide Work Day
Daylight Savings Time (Spring Forward)
Mar 15: Women’s Bible Study
Mar 16: Youth Group
Mar 24: Maundy Thursday Service
Mar 27: Worship - Two Easter Services (9 am and 10:30 am)
Mar 30: MOPS, Youth Group
See you on Sunday!