Tax collectors and other disreputable people were crowding around to listen to Jesus. The Pharisees (devout Jews who followed the law very closely) and teachers of Jewish law started grumbling, "This man is friendly with sinners. He even eats with them." So Jesus told this story:
Once a man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, "Give me my inheritance now.” So the father divided his property between his two sons.
The younger son packed up everything he owned and left for a foreign country, where he wasted all his money in wild living. After he had spent everything, a bad famine spread through that whole land. Soon he had nothing to eat.
He went to work for a man in that country, and the man sent him out to take care of his pigs. (Feeding pigs would be the lowest, most despicable job for a Jew. Pigs were considered unclean under Jewish law.) He would have been glad to eat what the pigs were eating, but no one gave him a thing. Finally, he came to his senses and said, "My father's workers have plenty to eat, and here I am, starving to death! I will go home and say, `Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you. I am no longer good enough to be called your son. Treat me like one of your workers.' "
The younger son started back to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son and hugged and kissed him.
The son said, "Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you. I am no longer good enough to be called your son."
But his father said to the servants, "Hurry and bring the best clothes and put them on him. Give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. Get the best calf and prepare it, so we can eat and celebrate. This son of mine was dead, but has come back to life. He was lost and has now been found." And they began to celebrate.
The older son had been out in the field. But when he came near the house, he heard the music and dancing. So he asked one of the servants, "What's going on here?"
The servant answered, "Your brother has come home safe and sound, and your father ordered us to kill the best calf." The older brother got so angry that he would not even go into the house.
His father came out and begged him to go in. But the older son said to his father, "For years I have worked for you like a slave and I have always obeyed you. But you have never even given me a little goat, so that I could give a dinner for my friends. This other son of yours wasted your money. And now that he has come home, you ordered the best calf to be killed for a feast."
His father replied, "My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we should be glad and celebrate! Your brother was dead, but he is now alive. He was lost and has now been found."
Memory Verse: “Be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.” Ephesians 4:32 (CEV)
What we will learn:
God loves us always, even when we do wrong things.
God forgives us when we ask.
Making bad choices can hurt you and others.
God doesn’t want us to be jealous even when things don’t seem fair.
God wants us to be thankful for what we have.
What is happening in Faith Quest Workshops?
In Holywood, watch the video “Prodigal Son”.
In Antioch Arcade, play a game using the Big Game Wheel to see how well you know the story of the Prodigal Son.
In Creation Station make a wire sculpture to show God’s grace through the Prodigal Son’s father.
In Good News hear the Prodigal Son tell his story.
In Praising Puppets perform and/or watch a skit that explores the feeling of jealousy.
Creation Station - Betsy Stewart
Holywood - Victoria Vojnovich
Antioch Arcade - Joan Humphreys
Praising Puppets – Ginger Espino
Good News – Marie Crawford
Thank you to our Curriculum Design Team: Carole Rhodes, Lee Smith, Sara Ridings, Allison Connors, Angela Farthing, Robin Morris, Amy Woynicz, Lori Houck, and Stephanie Arnold.