We held our second Rejoice gathering at Knighton Parish rooms last Sunday with the theme Lost and Found. There were activities for all ages as families arrived and were welcomed. We sang songs, enacted the story of Moses and the exodus from Egypt and we covered a large wooden cross with pictures of events that we encounter in our lives each day.
Marjorie and the children joined together to lead us in prayer and we were then all invited to write down, on a small piece of paper and in privacy, something that we were sorry about that we had said or done. We then placed the small pieces of paper in a bowl of water and watched each of them dissolve – representing God’s forgiveness.
Please come and join us at Pensax Village Hall on the 10th March (Mothering Sunday). As it is Mothering Sunday the Rejoice gathering will start at the earlier time of 11 am.
These were the study notes that were available with Rembrandt’s painting The Return of the Prodigal Son:
I came to see Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son as, somehow, my personal painting, the painting that contained not only the heart of the story that God wants to tell me, but also the heart of the story that I want to tell to God and God’s people. All of the Gospel is there. All of my life is there. All of the lives of my friends is there. The painting has become a mysterious window through which I can step into the Kingdom of God. It is like a huge gate that allows me to move to the other side of existence and look from there back into the odd assortment of people and events that make up my daily life.
Taken from The Return of the Prodigal Son – A Story of Homecoming, by Henri J. M. Nouwen
- Does the story of the Prodigal Son speak to you?
- How do the two brothers compare? The reckless one that took the money, lived it up and yet eventually saw the value of his family and celebrated for it; compared to the faithful hard-working one, who was taken for granted.
- Why didn’t the father go out looking for the son when he was “lost” to the family.
- What did you make of the fact that being “found” was largely because of the son’s initiative?
- How does it affect your understanding of God that the son was accepted unconditionally when he returned? He did not have to explain himself or earn his place back in the family.
- Where would you place yourself in Rembrandt’s picture?
- Where would you place yourself in the parable of the Prodigal Son?
If you have any questions on the study notes, come and discuss them at the next Rejoice! gathering at Pensax Village Hall on 10th March at 11 am.