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4th Sunday of Lent


Texts & Discussions:

Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 32
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32



Prayer for God's Grace
(traditional Pakistani Christian)

O Creator and mighty God,
You have promised strength for the weak,
rest for the laborers, light for the way,
grace for the trials, help from above,
unfailing sympathy, undying love.
O Creator and mighty God,
help us to continue in your promise.  Amen.

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Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt:

Two Sons, One Father, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32,
by Rev Randy Quinn

...How did these two young women, raised by the same parents, become so different? Was it in their genes? If so, why did the one with her parents’ genes seem so out of place in her own family?

Of course anyone who has been a parent to more than one child knows there is no answer to these questions. Children become whom they are through a variety of influences, not just parenting and not just genetic codes. But we are still puzzled by the phenomena.

What was most remarkable about this family was the love Dick and Bonnie had for their children. Faith and Joy were loved like very few other children. People who had known them for years talked about how Bonnie stayed at home and Dick had given up promotions to spend more time with them. And even in the worst of times, they always spoke highly of Joy.

I became more deeply involved in the family shortly after Joy returned home. Faith called to talk to me. She was having difficulty accepting the love her parents seemed to be lavishing on her sister.

Faith had gone to school, married, and settled down in a home not too far from where she had been raised. Her own vision of the future sounded very much like the life she saw her parents living.

But there was no room in that picture for someone like Joy. Joy seemed to be draining the precious resources her parents had - not just financial, but emotional as well. Her parents were spending more and more of their time with Joy; less and less of it was being spent with their granddaughter, Faith’s daughter, Hope.

Faith had not told Joy about her perceptions. She was too angry with her.... Subscribers: click here for full manuscript and more


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