“Look and see, for everyone is coming home! Your sons are coming from distant lands;
your little daughters will be carried home.” Isaiah 60:4
We all search for home. We long for a secure and familiar place where we can live out our days in peace. Some of us moved to Charlottesville to retire or to start a new job. We came from another part of the country to make this place our home. Some of us came here to attend the University of Virginia or medical school or to move closer to family. Indeed, home can be about geography or the place where we grew up, but then, questions emerge for me: What if we feel like outsiders in our own hometown? What if we are struggling to find a spiritual home of worship and community? What if it’s not safe to go back home? What if we are one of the thousands of refugees who had to flee their homes?
With these questions in mind, on Sunday, October 14, we will begin to explore the theme, Finding Home, through a sermon and worship series based on Jesus’ parable of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:1-32). For three consecutive Sundays, Lynne and I will preach on such topics as leaving home, returning home, and staying home. Then on All Saints Day, November 4, at both worship services, we will partake in communion, dedicate our 2019 pledges, and end the series by talking about Finding Home.
‐ Ken Henry
Please mail your pledge or bring it to church on Sunday November 4, 2018.