Wed 27 March 7.30 p.m. Lenten Study
Fri 29 March 9.30 a.m. Craft group meets in St Michael’s Room
Sat 30 March 10.15 a.m. Parish Council Mission Plan Meeting
Sun 31 March 8.30 a.m. Eucharist followed by morning tea
Tue 2 April 10.00 a.m. Lenten Study
OT: Joshua Ch. 5 v. 2-12
NT: 2 Corinthians Ch. 5 v. 16-21
Gospel: Luke Ch. 15 v. 11-32
31st March, 2019
“Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.” – John Ciardi
This Sunday we have Jesus’ famous parable of the Prodigal Son. It is so called because we focus on the runaway kid. But if we centered on the father we might call it the parable of the merciful compassionate welcoming home father. If we spotlighted the elder son we might call it the parable of the resentful son. Any of those titles would be appropriate because as we hear this saga we are looking for ourselves. Who are we in this story? Are we sometimes the younger son or daughter? Have we not squandered or wasted what has been entrusted to us? Have we run away from difficult relationships, or from church, or from civic duty, or from needy people? Have we tried to care only for our selfish needs and found ourselves empty and vacuous? And do we not often repent, turn back? Then on our finer days are we not the father or mother? Sometimes our better angels lead us to compassion so that we run out to welcome those who have offended us, or abandoned us. The father in this story is not just an image of God, he is our image. We also keep our house open to hope. And finally, we regretfully are at times the elder son, angered at the mercy shone to those who have not earned it. We work hard and are always faithful. Is it difficult for us to rejoice that God loves and forgives those who do not work hard and are not faithful? We are the prodigal child; we are the welcoming parent; we are the resentful elder sibling. All three of these characters live in each one of us. We are not easy to understand. We are living paradoxes, strange enigmas. That is why we are all so beautiful. God shows good taste by loving each and every one of us.
Often it is difficult to pray alone at home,so why not try http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/ this links you with praying Christians around the world, of many traditions- offering scripture, silence, beautiful music, reflection time, space for contemplation and intercession.
May the people of this Parish be never ceasing in prayer, so that we may all be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Help us to lead lives worthy of God, fully pleasing to him while bearing fruit in every good work.
May we all be made strong in the power of God, who rescues us from the powers of darkness and transfers us to the Kingdom of his Son in whom we have forgiveness of sins,
At the time of choosing an incumbent
give to this parish a faithful pastor who will faithfully speak your word and minister your sacraments;
an encourager who will equip your people for ministry and enable us to fulfil our calling.
Give to those who will choose, wisdom, discernment and patience, and to us give warm and generous hearts, for Jesus Christ’s sake.