Loft 107 is a sober-living facility located in the heart of Brooklyn. It was opened by Joe Schrank in October 2009. Schrank was troubled that the best established facilities were located in the countrysides of Arizona and California. He questioned why the urban dwellers of New Your City had to leave their native habitat, seeking rehabilitation in a foreign land. Schrank said, "I kept thinking, 'Why do we have to send people to California and Arizona? Our lives are here.' I am attempting to take what's good and translate it to an urban mentality." Loft 107 is a labor of love.
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.