Dear family and friends of First Pres,
We will conclude our three-week study on Luke 15 and the three parables of things and people that are lost and then are found again. Last week, we looked at the extravagant love and initiative of a father pining for his son to return. This week, we will focus on Luke 15.25-32 and the part of the story that deals with the grumpy older brother.
Oftentimes when the story of the “Prodigal Son” is read, the focus is on the young man who squandered his inheritance, but the parable is full of so much more. The parable could have ended with last week’s section with the father lavishing his lost son with gifts, but Jesus did not end it there. Why? We’ll learn the answer this Sunday as we reflect upon the older brother and how it ties into the parable and makes it pop!
This Sunday, we will be celebrating another baptism at 11 a.m., little John William Rieger, as well as celebrating one of our saints, Barbara Yatrousis, who is officially retiring after thirty years of ministry in this church. Some folks are also putting on some Greek finger-food for a reception in the Neumann Center following our service, too. Come out and be a part of yet another festive day in the life of First Pres, Where Faith Comes Alive!
Remember who you are, you are sons and daughters of the Most High God! Share the winsome story of Jesus and be His hands and feet to a broken and hurting world! I am
Your pastor and friend,