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Bulletin for January 29, 2017
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
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Leader: The Word of the Lord
Ekklesia: Thanks be to God
This week’s worship.
Meals for the Donovans
Ashley and David Donovan welcomed home their firstborn child last week – Aria Nicole. She’s perfect!!! If you have ever been a first time parent, you know how challenging it is adjusting to a whole new world! Let’s show the Donovan’s some love with a few home-cooked meals (they will love you forever!). Sign up here.
New Thursday AM Women’s Small Group
Starting January 26, 9:30 am, Beth Belford is hosting a new weekly women’s small group at her home in SW Raleigh. The group is kid-friendly but not just for moms—all ladies welcome! No specific agenda. No homework. Just come hang out 🙂 Coffee & snacks provided. Got questions? Contact [email protected].
Go Out to Lunch Today!
When church ends today, don’t rush off! Head out to the lobby and sign up for one of six restaurants to join some Ekklesians for lunch! This is all part of our efforts toward fostering and creating community. NOTE: Seating is limited at Tupelo Honey Cafe and Flying Biscuit Cafe. We have made reservations for 12.
Men’s HOCKEY NIGHT February 3 • 7:30pm
About a dozen men have already claimed tickets but we’ve got more! This is, of course, about much more than just a hockey game. It’s about friendship and camaraderie and overpriced concession food! Tailgating starts at 6pm. Puck drops at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25. Talk to Bob Patterson or Pastor Curtis.
Super Bowl Party x 4!!
Next Sunday (2/5) is Super Bowl Sunday! To celebrate, we have 4 “regional” Super Bowl Parties for you to choose from! Pick a party close to you and join us. The game kicks off at 6:30 — parties start at 6 pm. All the details can be found on our FB Event page.