Words for the Week – April 4, 2019

In the story of the Prodigal Son, both brothers have the same problem: they don’t trust the father’s love.  The father’s response is to go after each of them and invite them into a party.  Bishop Graham beautifully preached on the abundance of grace at the heart of this story and at the heart of our faith. 

Listen to his sermon here.

For this Sunday’s sermon – the last in my series on prayer – I am thinking about the beautiful idea that prayer makes no economic sense.  Time spent in prayer is not productive in any way our world measures productivity.  So too, many of the lovely things in life can be seen as counter-productive: a slow dinner, singing, going for a hike, worship. 

I don’t know if this is true for you, but I can easily get caught up in the idea that my identity is directly related to what I can produce or accomplish in a day.  And, of course, because I never accomplish all I set out to do, I am always lacking. But in prayer, I gain a whole different perspective.  There’s a lavishness and abundance of life that prayer helps me tap into. The extravagance of God’s grace is beyond measure.

See you in church.

Pastor Sarah