Good morning, Calvary!
As of today, we’ve fully returned to online worship in cooperation with local health regulations aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in our Region of Peel. You’ll notice our format is a bit different this morning. We have only one YouTube worship song as Pastor Bodner will read two hymns for us in the service recording as well as pray. We look forward to the day when we can sing and pray corporately as a church family, but nonetheless, we’re grateful to hear truth in any form we can!
Pastor Bodner has been preaching on a three-fold parable told by Jesus in Luke 15: the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the prodigal son. We looked last week at the prodigal son from the perspective of his loving father. We return to the prodigal son today, now from the perspective of the prodigal’s elder brother, for we learn from the brother’s response that he is also lost, though in a different way. Just like his wandering brother, the elder brother needs his loving father to seek him, find him, and save him.
These parables invite us to see our own need to be found, and Pastor Bodner echoes the invitation of Jesus Christ as he writes, “One way or another, all of us are lost. One way or another you are lost. There is room at the Cross for you today — whether you seem nice or nasty, virtuous or vile to yourself or to others.”
May God bless our worship today.
First Song: Grace That is Greater Than All Our Sin
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You can watch our service livestream at 11 AM on our Facebook page. The video will be uploaded to YouTube later in the day and also posted here. The message is brought to us by Pastor John Bodner, an intinerant minister attached to Calvary.
“The business of peacemaking is a task that should be common to the members of God’s family.”–R.C. Sproul