30/09/2012 Lindale Methodist Church, Blackpool
Worship leader/preacher: Sally Coleman
The service was a cafe style worship for a ‘back to church’ service
The scripture was from Mark 9:30- 37
The main theme of the service was one of us being invited to the party of God. Sally used one of my earlier pictures of Jesus welcoming the outcast to his table as an illustration of the grace of God in Christ. Woven into this was the story of the prodigal son and the focus was mostly upon the party. So often the focus is on the repentant son, the gracious father or the stubborn older brother but rarely on the party. The party comes after the cross and after the resurrection and we are all invited.
So the image I have used is of the party in the story of the prodigal son (Lk 15:11-32) and I think it fits well with the sense that some in the Church are a little like the older brother while many who have spurned the Church and Jesus are dancing away in the party of God.