Dear Friends and Families,

‘So the son set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.’ [Luke 15:20].

This week in Secondary school chapel, we are looking at probably the most well-known of Jesus’ parables, which is the story of the Lost (Prodigal) Son from Luke 15. Although the son in question decides to demand access to his father’s inheritance early and then spends it all on wild living, instead of being excluded from the wider family, the story reveals the beautiful picture of the father waiting for his son to return, welcoming him with open arms.

The parable, of course, reveals something of the character of God. All of us, regardless of our background or upbringing, have wandered away from him, through either our words, thoughts and deeds.

However, like the father in the parable, the current season of Lent reminds us that God indeed so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him, will not perish, but have eternal life [John 3:16].

God is so longing to welcome us all back home!

If you would like to speak further or have questions about the Christian life, then do please contact me at: [email protected]

I also encourage you to pray the Lenten prayer for the week below.

If you would like to explore the certainty of Christ further, the two local Anglican churches listed below lead regular Sunday services.

St Peter’s, Craigieburn (meeting in the Chapel at Hume Anglican Grammar – 100 Mount Ridley Road, Mickleham)

Locum: Father Charles Potter

Mobile: 0468 331 549 / 03 9308 2452

Email: [email protected]

http://www.humeparish.melbourneanglican.org.au

https://www.facebook.com/humeparishcraigieburn/

Redemption Anglican Church (meeting now at the Hume Tennis & Community Centre - 225 Marathon Blvd, Craigieburn)

Pastor: Reverend Akhil Gardner

Mobile: 0400 021 381

Email: [email protected]

https://www.rccraigieburn.com.au/online

https://www.facebook.com/rccraigieburn/

Prayer for the week

Lord God, our Redeemer,

who heard the cry of your people

and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery:

free us from the tyranny of sin and death

and, by the leading of your Spirit,

bring us to our promised land;

through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Song (Grace Alone)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0k7HguvnyU

Reverend Peter Waterhouse - School Chaplain