Rev. Cari not only preached on – but invited the congregation to experience – the story of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. This was the fourth sermon in a series of explorations of postures and practices as we walk Jesus’ way during the season of Lent.
Retelling (and enacting) the parable with the help of a couple of others, Rev. Cari reveals a bit more of the social context of the story, then identifies the source of forgiveness: God’s abundant grace.
Her invitation at the very close of the service was to practice noticing when we are like the younger son, and serving only ourselves, or when we are like the older son, and have our “measuring stick” ready to use. How quickly, in either case, can we “come to our senses” and make a different choice than either one… the choice to be more like the Parent in the story, full of love and forgiveness for all.