The Parable of the Prodigal Son
- A story about the greatness of
God’s love for those who wander.
Rembrandt, Return of the Prodigal Son, c. 1669
This Week: "A Family Loss" February 14th at 9:30 am
Have you ever lost something very valuable? Perhaps your phone or your wallet or an important document? Have you ever lost a family member, a son or a daughter? In the parable that Jesus told about the prodigal son, we see a story about a family that had been broken. In the story, the son left home and left family to live in a distant land. Perhaps you were the father or mother that "lost" your child or maybe you were that son or daughter.
In preparation for worship read Luke 15:11-32. Read it slowly. This Sunday we will also be doing the sacrament of baptism and receiving new members. The service will start with the recognition of Boy Scout Sunday. I hope to see you in worship this Sunday, at 9:30am
Pastor Jim Cann
Join us this Sunday, February 14th at 9:30am
An Invitation to a Lenten Study
Spend time with the Scriptures during Lent
The Return of the Prodigal Son:A Story of Homecoming
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
This five-week study will begin the week of February 14th on:
- Sundays, following worship, led by Melva-Jean Shepherd
- Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 am with the Women’s Group at Kimball Farms
- Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, led by Pastor Jim Cann
This powerful meditation illuminates the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke's Gospel. Nouwen discovers anew the reality that God's love is unconditional and shares his own spiritual journey with us. After an exhausting lecture circuit, Nouwen says he felt “anxious, lonely, restless and very needy.” When he chanced upon a reproduction of Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son, the masterpiece was so powerful that he felt embraced by God's love as if he had “come home.” He traveled to see the original painting in Russia and was profoundly inspired by the encounter.
In this book, Nouwen shares his own experience as the wayward son as well as the vengeful older brother and the compassionate father. He speaks to all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy or anger, and invites us to homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation. The Return of the Prodigal Son will transform your reading of the parable and the way you understand your life story.
We invite you to visit our Habitat
informational display in Fellowship Hall.
Where will the Habitat house be built? Check out the Westford location on the map downstairs.
How will our Habitat fundraising campaign work? The Habitat leadership team is available to discuss specific ideas to raise funds within your family, church group, or on an individual basis. Team members include: Jim Cann, Louise Provan, Linda Keefer, Bill Kruger, Tina Gleich. Some of us will be available to chat with you on Sundays after church. Any of our many small groups within the church that you belong to may select to do their own fundraising event and/or make a donation to Habitat. Fundraising ideas are posted downstairs. You OR your small group/family are invited to sign up to “purchase” a specific part of our house such as a window, door, walls, etc. When you sign up, please take a “little wooden house charm” attached to our miniature house, as a reminder that you helped provide a home for a family.
House Building Volunteers – Our church will get “credit” for the hours each one of us donate to build on an existing Habitat house in this area. Your DONATION will be $100 to participate in house building. Hopefully we can put together a “Build Day” for those who would like to participate.
How much has been donated? Check out the thermometer !
Learn more about what is lent, the history of lent, why it is important to Christians
Annual Church Leadership Workshops
Saturday, February 27th
UM Women Meeting Sunday, Februrary 28th after worship
Hymn Sing and Pie Social
6:30 Pie Social
7:00 Hymn Sing
All Women Agape Meal
Sunday, March 13th
Daylight Savings TIime
Sunday, March 13th
Don't forget to set your clock forward
Holy Week Services
March 20th at 9:30 am
March 24th at 7:30 pm
Good Friday Service
March 25th at 7:30 pm
Easter Sunrise Service
March 27th at 7:00 am
Easter Service - I
March 27th at 9:30 am
Easter Service - II
March 27th at 11:00 am
All are welcome
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Westford, MA 01886
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