11 September 2022
Bible readings for today
you pursue us more than we seek after you,
and tenderly exult when we find our life in you;
may we share in your delight
and in your care
for the lonely and the lost;
through Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Lost Sheep and Lost Coin (Luke 15:1-10)
This week we get one of the most beloved passages in Luke's gospel to enjoy together: the lost sheep and lost coin. When these parables are so familiar, do we simply retell them, or do we dig a little deeper into the joy and promise they give? Rev Michael Godfrey is joined this week by Bishop Steve, John Goodwin and Anne van Gend.
Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)
The parable of the lost sheep can also be found in Matthew 18:10-14
Another great print illustration from Rev. Sarah West, from Visio Lectio (shared with permission)
The Lost Coin (Luke 15: 8-10)
God’s grace comes to find us, like the woman who stops what she is doing to find the missing coin. We all need God to find us and bring us back to the place where we belong.
Imagine your best hiding place, where no one can find you.
What’s it like?
Is it dark, or light?
Can you see out?
Can you hear any other people?
Keep perfectly quiet there – not a sound, not even the sound of your breathing.
Then imagine letting God in to your secret hiding place – how does it feel to have God in your secret hiding place with you?
Imagine God taking your hand, and leading you to the kitchen where everyone is waiting to celebrate – they couldn’t start until you got there!
Preschool Ideas (Flame Creative)
Have a treasure hunt for foil covered chocolate coins