27 March 2022
Bible readings for today
God, faithful and loving,
though we lose our way you seek us and call us back.
Give us the courage to face our faults.
Help us to repent, reconcile, and amend our ways that we may find our peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
The story of the prodigal son is one of the most well known of Jesus' parables - a story of redemption, forgiveness and grace. There are many ways you can interpret or tell this story - from the point of view from the father, prodigal son, or the son who remained at home. Each part of the story reveals something about the Father heart of God.
Our Gospel Conversations panel this week take the familiar parable of the Prodigal Son and find things in it that you may never have thought of, no matter how often you've read or heard the story! Join John Franklin, Esther Clarke-Prebble, Chris Holmes, and Michael Godfrey as they bring their personal insights into this wonderful Gospel reading.
The Church of Scotland has some great ideas for worship services on their website
Call to worship
From the Church of Scotland - worship resources, found here
Turn towards the Father
who runs out to meet us
even if we feel far off.
Turn towards the Son
who reconciles us to God
making us all a new creation.
Turn towards the Spirit
who meets with us here
filling us with hope and peace.
Father, Son and Spirit,
we turn towards You
with expectant minds
and hopeful hearts.
Transform us anew.
Worship song: God of All Comfort
'God Of All Comfort' written to mark the 75th anniversary of Christian Aid. Download this song here
A beautiful image from the Visio Lectio project, created by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. © Sarah West. All Rights reserved, shared with permission.
All Age Service
Some all age resources from Youth and Childrens Work website/magazine. You can find this here
Some wonderful all age prayer stations from St Albans Diocese, taking in to consideration the Bible story, people's different spiritual styles (David Csinos) and the 3 dimensional model of prayer which is upwards (God) inward (ourselves) and outwards (others) Find out more here
Source: St Albans CME
Prodigal Son Sermon
Rev. Ben Johnson-Frow takes us through some of his story and the story of the Prodigal Son.