There was a ninety-year-old woman who wanted to do something about the problem of teen pregnancy. So she was prepared to give $250,000 to a university in the southwestern part of the United States to establish a scholarship for women who are virgins, as a way to encourage young women to refrain from sexual activity. But the school declined her offer, saying that they did not think it was right for the university to dictate morals like that. Jesus grieved over the condition that Jerusalem had fallen into. We likewise have reason to grieve over the state of our own society. -- Bowen
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.