In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells the story of the Prodigal Son. This story is well known today, both inside and outside of the church, but is often misunderstood and underappreciated. Through the season of Lent, we’ll use Timothy Keller’s book “The Prodigal God” to explore this story from multiple angles and discover the challenging message that Jesus has for us today, regarding the way in which we relate to God. Worship with us each Sunday at 8:15, 9:30, and 11 a.m., except for March 25th, when we will gather for a pancake feed at 9 a.m. and worship as one for a very special worship experience to celebrate Palm Sunday at 10 a.m.

February 18th
The People Around Jesus
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Before Jesus tells this now iconic parable, the author of Luke briefly introduces the crowd surrounding Jesus. There are two groups gathered that hear Jesus tell this story. Who were these groups, and how do they relate to the people we are today?  As we begin this series, we’ll look at the two groups, draw parallels for today, and begin exploring how we can see the story in a different way–a way that calls us to action.

February 25th
The Two Lost Sons
Luke 15:11-32
Come with us as we dig into the stories of both the older and the younger brother, and discover how both of them relate to the father in the wrong way. Through their stories, we’ll be invited to reflect on our own stories and examine the ways we struggle to relate to God the right way.

March 4th
The Elder Brother
Luke 15:11-32
Now we’ll dig even deeper into the story and the struggle of the older brother. We’ll look at the ways many Christians and churches wrestle with older brother tendencies and be invited to repent of those as we explore the invitation to live more faithfully.

March 11th
The True Elder Brother
Luke 15:11-32
While the older brother in Jesus’s parable struggles with self-righteousness, Jesus provides an example for us of a different way to live, a different way to relate to God, and a different way to relate to our siblings. In this message, we’ll come to understand that Jesus is our true eldest brother and we’re invited to live likewise.

March 18th

The Feast of the Father
Luke 15:11-32
As we conclude our exploration of this story, join us as we look at the role of the father and his celebration and rejoicing when the younger son returns. Our hope is, whether we are more of an elder or a younger son, we’ll understand and experience the generosity of God’s love in ways that change us.