Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am

Core Value Number Three We Are a Luke 15 Congregation

Hello Gloria Dei,

Luke 15: It just may be my favorite chapter in the whole Bible. The chapter consists of three of Jesus’ parables… the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost sons (Prodigal Son). I love the following illustration pertaining to the parable of the Prodigal Son.

A man was commissioned to paint a picture of the Prodigal Son. He went into his work fervently, laboring to produce a picture worthy of telling the story. Finally, the day came when the picture was complete, and he unveiled the finished painting. The scene was set outside the father’s house and showed the open arms of father and son as they were just about to meet and embrace. The man who commissioned the work was well pleased and was prepared to pay the painter for his work, when he suddenly noticed a detail that he had missed.

Standing out in the painting above everything else in the scene, was the starkly apparent fact that the father was wearing one red shoe and one blue shoe. He was incredulous. How could this be, that the painter could make such an error? He asked the painter, and the artist simply smiled and nodded, assuring the man, “Yes, this is a beautiful representation of the love of God for His children.”

“What do you mean?” he asked, puzzled.

“The father in this picture was not interested in being color-coordinated or fashion-conscious when he went out to meet his son. In fact, he was in such a hurry to show his love to his son, he simply reached and grabbed the nearest two shoes that he could find.”

He is the God of the Unmatched Shoes.

Gloria Dei. God is like the father whose number one priority is loving, forgiving, and welcoming us home into his loving embrace. That is why at Gloria Dei, one of our core values is that we are and will continue to be A Luke 15 Congregation.

As a Luke 15 congregation we confess, first of all, that we are all equals at the foot of the cross. We are all in need of God’s love, forgiveness, and welcome… each and every day. We all get lost, and we all have a God who sets out with love to find us.

And furthermore, as a Luke 15 congregation we, as the body of Christ on earth, will never stop bringing a word of grace and love to those who don’t yet know Jesus. If lost people matter to
God, and they do, then lost people matter to us. It is a core value on which we will never compromise.

Come to worship and be welcomed by a God who never stops looking for you and pursuing you… a God who runs out to meet you with the words “Welcome Home.”

Indeed, we are a Luke 15 congregation.

One more thing. I’d like to invite all of you to attend one of two Fellowship and Stewardship Events. Both will take place at Willow Run Golf Course, in their fellowship room. The two options are Sunday October 24, and Sunday November 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.

We will enjoy food and drink together. We will hear testimonies of God’s activity through Gloria Dei. And we will have a great time. We are asking that you please RSVP for one of the events so that we can plan properly. RSVP HERE or sign up at the church Welcome Center.

See you in worship!

Pastor Tim
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