4 ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?
8 ‘Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
11 Then Jesus said, ‘There was a man who had two sons.…
In Luke 15, when religious leaders complain that Jesus is eating with sinners and tax collectors, and giving his time to them, he responds with the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the prodigal son.
In our conversations about in-person worship, two concerns were shared by all. First, can I give up my seat for guests who want to join us in worship and show up at our doors without having signed up in advance? And second, if I am unable to attend after I sign up, can I let someone know so my seat can be used by someone else?
These are lovely and faithful questions answered by Luke 15.
We are not approaching in-person worship like the Elder Son, but see our guests as the father sees his younger son, the shepherd sees the one lost sheep, and the woman sees her lost coin–cause for rejoicing when what has been lost has been found.
If you would like to let us know you are willing to give up your seat for guests,
A list of names of Luke 15 will be given to our Greeters and they will let you know if your seat in the sanctuary is needed and you will be invited to take a seat of honor in the Narthex.
If for any reason you need to cancel your plan to worship with us after you have signed up,
or call Hope Schultz at (6-ZERO-8) 217-496FOUR..
May God bless us with much rejoicing, and may we emerge from this pandemic stronger and more united.