One day, Andrea received a call from someone she did not know. The person asked if she
had graduated from a Central High School in 1993. Andrea replied that she had but was
unsure why the caller asked. The caller said that she found a high school ring at the beach
with the initials A.S. engraved on it. Once home she contacted the high school hoping to
find the owner of the ring.
Andrea could hardly believe it -- someone had found her ring after all those years. She
remembered well the week after graduation when a group of friends rented a house at the
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.