Good morning Church, and welcome back to our online service. Our topic this week is a continuation of our “Parables of Grace” series, with John taking us through the parable of the Prodigal Son this week. Though these stories may be more familiar to you than some of the things John often preaches on, like masks or supernovas, I pray that we will all be able to listen to the message and receive it with open hearts, and I am sure that there is something new and powerful in this week’s sermon for all of us.
Highs & Lows – Hillsong Young & Free
The Stable Song – Gregory Alan Isakov
I introduced “The Stable Song” last week as we talked about the parable of the good Samaritan, and admittedly this song actually fits better this week as we talk about the prodigal son. While this song doesn’t word for word describe the journey of the prodigal son, I believe that it beautifully and poetically captures the cry of his heart when he finally decides to return home to his father. Often the point that is stressed in the telling of this story is the fateful return to the father, but what I see in this song that is so well framed is overwhelming emotions that would have emerged when the younger son is awakened to his brokenness. As you listen to these songs, I encourage you to let yourself feel what the prodigal son must have felt and likewise what the father must have felt.
Redeemed – Big Daddy Weave
I chose this song for our response to the sermon today because of the thought that the bridge leaves us with. The words say “I don’t have to be the old man inside of me / his days are long dead and gone.” We are all faced with similar decisions to those that the sons in the story had to make. The younger son could either accept the invitation back into the Father’s family, or deny his rightful place as a son. Likewise, the older son is faced with the decision to hold on to his anger and the sense of injustice that he is feeling, or let go and live as a part of a whole family, living side by side with his father and his brother. While our choices are things we must make in our own personal relationships with God, the title of redeemed is something that was bought long ago by Jesus. Take it or leave it, Christ paid the price and has extended the offer to live a life redeemed and reconciled to the Father.
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship
I wanted to leave you this week on a triumphant and hopeful note. Despite all our wandering, we have a God who is powerful enough to turn graves into gardens and split seas to create highways, so we can rest peacefully in the knowledge that he also has the power to redeem and reclaim us as his children. And one of my favorite truths to remember is that even once redeemed, there is still has work to do in us and God is continually doing that work. Church, let us together continue choose to accept the Father’s invitation back into the family, and let us choose to celebrate the others who join after us.
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!