St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Sunday Services: 9am Traditional | 11:15am Contemporary | 10am Sunday School
  
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 This Sunday we conclude our sermon series on the parable of the prodigal son from Luke chapter 15, looking at the extravagant living of the younger son, and the extravagant grace of the father, through the eyes of the now angry, bitter, and resentful older brother. Jesus uses this parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son, to respond to claim that He dares to welcome sinners and eat with them. These parables point us to the idea that all of the father’s children have great value, and that there must be a celebration for one sinner who repents and returns home.

The older brother in this illustration represents the religious leaders and scribes who had posed the question in the first place. Their understanding of God, and God’s Kingdom, is that those who are “good” belong on the inside, and those who are “bad” belong on the outside – according to their own definitions of what is good, or bad. Their understanding of God’s Kingdom is that grace can be earned; forgiveness can be earned; love can be earned. But Jesus points out that this is not how God’s Kingdom works.

I wonder, in our churches today, if we ever find ourselves in the shoes of the older brother, looking at the sins of those “other” people, and deciding that they must remain on the outside? These parables reveal to us the extent to which the Father will go, to receive, and celebrate, any of God’s children who repent and return to the father. And if the angels rejoice, then so must we.

 (( Updated Covid Guidelines )) 

On Thursday, May 20th, the Governance Board voted to lift all Covid-related restrictions, effective May 30th. This means that masks and social distancing are no longer required while on campus, but we honor and respect those who, for any reason, still need to wear a mask or remain distanced. There’s plenty of room, especially in our sanctuary, to spread out as needed and continue to keep one another safe.

 Join us each Sunday in person or online at either 9am (traditional) or 11:15am (contemporary).  We will also have BOTH services streaming live. 

 

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