Litanies, Prayers And Dialogues For Lent and Easter
M: Brothers and Sisters, go now to work in and for Jesus Christ alone. P: Christ, the treasure of our hearts, leads us on. M: May the love, grace and communion of God be with you now and forever. Amen.
M: I urge you by the love of the Spirit to pray to God. P: Each day as we live, our prayer will be for a life that might be an acceptable service to God. M: The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
M: Go in peace to serve God and your neighbor in all that you do.
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.