Dear Sisters and Brothers –

Oh boy – I’ve read the sermon text for this week a gazillion times before.  It. is. so. familiar.  At first I thought I would just go on automatic pilot.  But it’s rocking my world again!  It’s making me think!

     How can I have been a follower of Jesus this long and still wonder if it’s true that no matter how far we have strayed or screwed up, God runs out to meet us with open arms and a feast of welcome? 

     How can I have been a follower of Jesus this long and still be trying so hard to remember every day that I’m not better than anyone else, that God has no favorites, that no one is more deserving of God’s love than another?

     How can I have been a follower of Jesus this long and so often forget that we are created to care for something beyond ourselves, to joyfully give our lives away in love?

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I suspect Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 is super familiar to you, too, but I hope you’ll get a chance to read it through a couple times and notice what it stirs up in you, your reactions, your questions.  I look forward to sharing in another rich sermon conversation together on Sunday.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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